Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Update


The Planning Board met on February 14 and voted to begin the zoning amendment process under  MGL Chapter 40A, Section 5 by sending the proposed zoning amendments to the Select Board. 

NEW DATE FOR PUBLIC HEARING:  The Public Hearing for the zoning amendments has been changed to Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 7 PM at the Fuller Meadow School.  


VERSION 7 -  02/08/2024        VERSION 8 -  02/14/2024

  The amendments include:

  1. Allowing two-family homes on lots with twice the lot area required "by right" instead of by special permit
  2. Allowing Accessory Dwelling Units that are attached (in an existing or new home or an addition) by right and detached (in an existing or new accessory structure) by special permit
  3. A new Overlay District to meet the state mandate to create an MBTA Communities Multi-Family District that will include a minimum of 50 acres and will accommodate a density of 750 dwelling units






 134 respondents participated in the survey. Find the results of the survey HERE

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Newsletter 1 - October 2023

Newsletter 2 - January 2024


Since 2017, the Town has been laying the groundwork necessary to perform a well-informed Comprehensive Review and Update to our Zoning Bylaws.  The following links lead to information and past studies that will inform the Zoning update process.

Project Timeline

Date Action
May 11, 2023 RFQ issued to hire a consultant to perform a Comprehensive Review/Update that includes compliant MBTA Multi-Family Housing zoning. Click here for copy of RFQ
Sept. 5, 2023 Contract signed with Innes Associates Ltd./RKG Associates Inc
Sept. 13, 2023  Kick-off meeting #1 is held with Planning Board. Slide Presentation  Video Recording
Oct. 6, 2023  Newsletter #1 is published
Oct. 11, 2023 Public Meeting #2 is held with Planning Board. The board is asked to review the draft table of zoning changes and provide feedback. Slide Presentation   Video Recording
Oct. 30, 2023 Town of Middleton Department Heads attend a Zoning Review Training and take part in re-zoning exercises.
Nov. 13, 2023 Public Forum #1 is scheduled to educate the public about the required MBTA Zoning and to receive feedback on resident's thoughts and ideas for making changes to our current zoning. At this first public meeting, the focus will be on Housing. Meeting Materials: Presentation   Housing Types Handout  Existing Housing Map     Parcel Score Map   Video of Meeting
Dec. 11, 2023 The Zoning Board of Appeal held a special meeting via Zoom at 7:00 to meet with the Zoning Consultant and provide feedback on changes to our Zoning Bylaw.
Jan. 3, 2024 Joint Meeting between the Affordable Housing Trust, Planning Board, ZBA, and Master Plan Committee was held to discuss affordable housing initiatives and upcoming zoning amendments.
Jan. 20, 2024 Newsletter #2 is published
Jan. 20, 2024 Public Survey on Proposed Zoning Amendments is open to the public. CLICK HERE for survey.
Jan. 29, 2024 Discussion with senior citizens at the Council on Aging regarding housing options and preferred housing types.  The MBTA zoning mandate will be discussed as well as other possible zoning amendments.
Jan 30, 2024 Public Forum #2 is scheduled for 6PM Tuesday, 1/30/24 at the Flint Library to educate residents on the proposed zoning amendments and allow residents input on finetuning the proposed zoning amendments. Video of Meeting  Meeting Slides
Jan. 31, 2024 Planning Board Special Meeting cancelled to provide time to incorporate feedback from Public Forum #2.
Feb.9, 2024 Town Planner meets separately with the Ferncroft Condominium Board and School Superintendant Scott Morrison and School Business Director Steve Greenberg to discuss the proposed zoning amendments.
Feb 14, 2024 Planning Board regular meeting.  Members voted to send proposed zoning amendments to the Select Board to begin the MGL Chapter 40A Section 5 zoning amendment process.
Feb 22,2024 Presentation of the proposed zoning amendments to the Bylaw Committee
Mar. 5, 2024 Town Planner and Planning Board representatives plan to attend the Select Board meeting to discuss the proposed zoning amendments.
Mar. 12,

Planning Board Zoning Amendment Public Hearing - Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 7PM at the Fuller Meadow School

November & January Public Forums

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