These are the Zoning Articles that will be on the Warrant on March 13th.
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 1 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampton Zoning Ordinance as follows?
Amend Article I – General. Section 1.6 Definitions to add a definition for “Personal Services Establishment”.
Amend Article II – Districts. Section 2.8 – Town Center District to modify Section C and Section F to cross-reference personal services establishment with the definition of same.
Amend Article III – Use Regulations. Section 3.25a to clarify that the uses listed in this section are personal services establishments.
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 2 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampton Zoning Ordinance as follows?
Amend Article I – General. Section 1.6 Definitions to add a definition for “Dog Day Care Center”.
Amend Article III – Use Regulations to add New Section 3.25e to permit dog day care centers in the Industrial (I) Zoning District with Site Plan/Subdivision Review by the Planning Board.
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 3 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampton Zoning Ordinance as follows?
Amend Article II – Districts, Section 2.7 – Professional Office / Residential District to clarify which principal uses are permitted in the District; to specifically add two-family dwellings as a permitted use, to specifically add multi-family dwellings as a permitted use (in accordance with Article VIII), to add language stating that the Planning Board may approve other uses which are permitted in the RA and/or RB Zoning Districts (in accordance with Article III) if similarity with surrounding residential uses is demonstrated by the applicant; to state that the front, side, and rear setback requirements for single-family residential dwelling structures shall comply with those required for the RA Zone; to specify that a Sign Permit is required from the Building Department, to state that all structures, other than single-family residential dwellings, shall be subject to the provisions of the Site Plan Review Regulations regarding Architectural Design; and other clarification and consistency changes.
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 4 as proposed by the Planning Board for the Hampton Zoning Ordinance as follows?
Amend Article III-A – Accessory Dwelling Units to Single-Family Dwellings as follows: Section 3-A.1 – Location and Quantity to state that no lot with more than one single-family dwelling or manufactured housing located upon it shall be eligible for an accessory dwelling unit; Section 3-A.5 – Site Location and Size to add new Subsection F stating that accessory dwelling units shall be subject to all applicable provisions of the Wetlands Conservation District Ordinance; Section 3-A.6 – Provisions for Water Supply and Sewage Disposal to state that a wastewater development charge shall be paid prior to receiving a Building Permit and also requiring notification to the Department of Public Works for all accessory dwelling unit applications; and Section 3-A.11 – Removal of an Accessory Dwelling Unit to specify that the recording of the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (in an approved form) shall occur at the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment No. 5 as petitioned for the Hampton Zoning Ordinance as follows?
Modify Articles 4.1 and 4.1.1 of the Zoning Ordinance to change the minimum required lot size and lot area per dwelling unit in the RA Zone to 30,000 square feet (where 15,000 square feet is currently required).
What it means: This petitioned Article would change the minimum lot size in the RA zone from 15,000 square feet (about 1/3 of an acre) to 30,000 square feet (about 2/3 of an acre) for new construction.
Click here for a map to see what sections of Hampton are considered zone “RA”.
Click here for a link to determine into what zone your home falls.
(Enter the online database. Type in your address. Scroll almost all the way to the bottom where you will see a section titled “Land Use”. Look for the “Zone” entry.)
Those in favor say: The declining availability of open land means that new residential developments are often being placed on land that is not ideal, contributing to issues with flooding in town. The increase in the required lot size in the RA zone would help insure that each new home is constructed on an appropriate lot size. A statement was made by the proponent that the Article, if passed, might be considered advisory.
Those against say: A statement at Deliberative Session indicated that since this is a petitioned Warrant Article, the Planning Board only became aware of it late in the process. There was not enough time to study the impacts of the change. Others have expressed concern about the effect on pre-existing homes on currently conforming smaller lots, and what the process would be for all of those homeowners when they wish to make changes to their properties. The proponent subsequently provided clarification that the structure and the lot are two different sets of regulations, so the fact that a home might be on a non-conforming lot would not in itself require a variance to make changes to the structure on the property.
Fiscal Impact: No tax impact.