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INTENSITY OF USE REGULATION
ARTICLE FIVE:  INTENSITY OF USE REGULATION

5.1     MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

A dwelling, building, or structure, hereafter erected in any district shall be located on a lot having not less than the minimum requirements set forth below, and no more than one dwelling shall be built upon any such lot.  Public utility structure(s) shall be exempt from the minimum dimensional requirements set forth below. (Highlighted portion added at A.T.M., May 18, 1998.)  No existing lot shall be changed as to size or shape so as to result in the violation of the requirements set forth below. (By-law amended at A.T.M. 05/15/06).         

MINIMUM LOT DIMENSIONS                                MINIMUM YARD DIMENSIONS

        
area in
sq. ft.
 (a)
frontage
in feet
  (a)
depth
in feet
  (a)
front
in feet
 (b)
side
in feet
 (c)
rear
in feet
 (d)
Residential A *
40,000
150
200
45
20
20
Residential B
30,000
150
200
45
20
20
Residential D **
40,000
150
200
45
20
20
Business
30,000
150
200
45
20
20
Industrial
30,000
150
200
45
20
20
Light Industrial ***
40,000
150
200
45
20
20
Multi-Family
43,560  plus 4,000 per unit
200
200
100
30
50
Farm & Forest
5 Acres
200
200
45
30
30
               
        
                        * (amended A.T.M. 5/15/95)  
** (Residential D district requirements added ATM 5/20/96)  
*** (Light Industrial district requirements added ATM 5/29/03; amended ATM 05/17/2010)

Subsections (a), (b), (c) and (d) refer to the minimum lot and yard dimensions shown in the above table:  (added S.T.M. 10/27/14)

(a).  A lot or parcel of land having an area or a frontage of lesser amounts than required by this table may be considered as coming within the area and frontage requirements of this section, provided such lot or parcel of land was shown on a plan or described in a deed duly recorded or registered at the time of the adoption of this By-Law and did not at the time of such adoption adjoin other land of the same owner available for use in connection with such lot or parcel.

(b).  Minimum front yard setback to be measured from the right-of-way line where a plan of the way is on file with the Registry of Deeds or in the absence of such a plan from a line 20 feet from the parallel with the center line of the travelled way.  (amended S.T.M. 10/27/14)

(c).  Side yard dimension will be 50 feet when adjacent to Residence District.

(d).  Rear yard dimension will be 50 feet when adjacent to Residence District.

(e).  60,000 square feet minimum lot dimension where water is not supplied by North or Center Water Districts and not supplied with municipal sewerage.  Said lot shall have a minimum of 200 feet street frontage. (amended S.T.M. 2/12/90)

(f). The portion of any lot within a wetland area as defined by the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act may be used to meet area and yard requirement(s) in which the remainder of the lot is situated provided that portion does not exceed 20% of the minimum required lot area, and the minimum required lot area shall be contiguous dry land. (added A.T.M. 5/15/89).  Said criteria is not applicable to lots located within a Farm & Forest District.  In a Farm & Forest District the minimum lot size shall be 32,000 square feet of contiguous dry land if Town water is supplied to the lot and 48,000 square feet of contiguous dry land if Town water is not supplied to the lot. (added A.T.M. 5/18/92) (highlighted portikon amended A.T.M. 05/15/06)

(g).  Access to any lot in all districts shall be only from the street frontage of said lot.  However, a business, multi-family or condominium development may seek an alternate access to said development via Article 13:  Site Plan Approval  (amended A.T.M. 5/16/94) (Highlighted portion added at 5/21/01 A.T.M. adjourned session 5/23/01)

(h).  All lots being subdivided shall be designed geometrically as to show a 125 foot by 125 foot square beginning at the minimum front yard setback line for a structure. (amended A.T.M. 5/16/94) (Highlighted portion added A.T.M. 05/15/06.)

(i)    In the event that the Town ofRaynham, the Raynham Center Water District, or the North RaynhamWater District acquires an interest in land by eminent domain or otherwise in a portion of a lot, and, as a result of such acquisition, the lot and/or any structure existing thereon does not conform to one or more of the minimum requirements set forth in Section 5.1 of the ZoningBy-laws of the Town of Raynham, then the said lot and/or any structure existing thereon shall be deemed to be in conformity with those said minimum requirements set forth in Section 5.1 of the Zoning By-laws of the Town of Raynham. (added ATM 5/29/03)  

5.2     GENERAL PROVISIONS       

No part of any dwelling, other than steps, masonry chimneys and/or fireplaces shall be erected within 20 feet of a side or rear property line or within 45 feet of any property line bordering on any street, provided that, in the case of any lot owned separately from the adjacent land, or shown on a plan lawfully recorded in the Registry of Deeds in Bristol County at the date of adoption of this By-Law, and having a width of less than 100 feet, the set-back prescribed above shall be reduced on each side by 3 inches for each foot by which the width of such lot is less than 100 feet, subject to a maxi-mum reduction of 13 feet.  In the case of any such lot as described above in this section with a depth of less than 115 feet, the set-back prescribed above from the property line bordering any street shall be reduced by 1 foot for each foot by which the depth of such lot is less than 115.  

No existing lot, with dwelling thereon, not meeting the minimum requirements of this By-Law, shall be altered or divided in such a way as to reduce the size of the lot; nor shall any existing lot with dwelling thereon, meeting the minimum requirements of this By-Law be altered or divided in such a way as to leave the dwelling on a lot which does not meet the minimum requirements of this By-Law.  The footprint of buildings and/or structures may not cover more than 25% of the lot area (See Article 10 definition) except by special permit, and in no event cover more than 35% of the lot area.  (amended S.T.M. 2/12/90 and amended A.T.M. 5/18/92).

5.3     FARM AND FOREST DISTRICT  

Minimum lot area: Five (5) acres.
Minimum Yard:  
Thirty (30) feet from any property line, and on a public way a minimum setback of 100 feet for all barns and accessory buildings, said lot to have a minimum of thirty (30) feet of frontage access for travel and for installation of public utilities such as but not limited to water, sewer, electric and gas.
5.4    CORNER LOTS           
(a).  A corner lot is defined as one which has an interior angle of less than 135 degrees at the intersection of two street lines.  The minimum frontage and front yard requirement of Section 5.1 shall apply to one street.  Access to a corner lot may be from any street frontage. The minimum frontage requirement shall not extend beyond the midpoint of the corner radius (illustrated below).  An existing lot shall not be considered a corner lot by virtue of the subsequent approval of a subdivision roadway unless the lot is being created as a part of the said proposed subdivision; nor shall an existing lot be considered a corner lot by the subsequent laying out of a public way by the appropriate governmental authorities. (amended S.T.M. 2/12/90)  (Highlighted portion added ATM. 5/29/03) Highlighted italicized portion added at A.T.M. 05/15/06.  Section B deleted at A.T.M. 05/15/06
5.5  USES IN RESIDENTIAL C DISTRICT (SPECIAL PROVISIONS)

(a).  Mobile home park must be a minimum of 20 acres, and have a minimum of 500 feet of frontage on a public way.

(b).  Mobile home park must have on-site availability of municipal services, such as sewer, water, fire protection, and adequate drainage.

5.6     SCREENING

Any project that requires Site Plan Approval through Article 13 is required to provide screening where the project abuts an adjacent property that is forty percent occupied for residential purposes.  The screening does not need to run the entire property line that abuts the residential use, but rather the area where the project is located.  The depth and height of the screening can vary based on the proposed land use.  The Planning Board acting through Article 13-Site Plan Approval has the authority to vary the depth and height of the screening that is required.  If, in the opinion of the Planning Board, the area that is required to be screened has sufficient existing vegetation, fences and/or topographic change that does not necessitate new or additional screening then no screening is required.  In some cases, the Planning Board may require some screening to augment the existing conditions in order to provide sufficient buffering.  When existing vegetation, walls and fences or a combination of are utilized for screening, they cannot be removed, unless the Planning Board approves such removal.
(Section 5.6 amended at S.T.M. of 11/20/00)

5.7     USES IN RESIDENTIAL  D DISTRICT (Added A.T.M. 5/20/96)         

        Any Residential D District use must comply with all Residential A District provisions of the Zoning By-laws of the Town of Raynham unless modified by Special Permit.

 
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