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The “Smith Property” Public Forum. March 2, 2011 . Photo: Historical Society. 8+ acres located at 715 & 717 Main Street. Used as a commercial site since the early 1900’s and operated as Smith’s Garage. Also has two houses. Photo: j.burney. Zoning.

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the smith property public forum

The “Smith Property” Public Forum

March 2, 2011

Photo: Historical Society

8 acres located at 715 717 main street
8+ acres located at 715 & 717 Main Street

Used as a commercial site since the early 1900’s and operated as Smith’s Garage.

Also has two houses

Photo: j.burney

  • Prior to 1972 all land in Bolton was unzoned. In 1972 the first zoning districts were created
  • Smith’s continued to operate as a Pre-Existing Non Conforming Use (PENC) until the early 2000’s
  • A PENC use which has been abandoned, discontinued for a period of 2-years shall not be re-established, and any future use of the premises shall conform with the Bolton Bylaw
brownfield site lead arsenic petroleum
Brownfield Site – lead, arsenic & petroleum

Phase 1 & 2 completed

Phase 3 needs assessment

Phase 4 cleanup

Phase 5 final inspection

  • Perennial Stream (Great Brook)
board of health

Board of Health

Failed septic systems for the 2 houses and the garage

2 recent development proposals
2 recent development proposals

Bolton Crossing 78,000+ SF

Chris Nash 34,000+ SF

zoning scenarios
Zoning Scenarios


  • Current zoning requires 80,000 Sq. ft. (almost 2-acres) per housing unit.
  • Property consists of 8+ acres which could allow up to 4 houses or less (need to fit in septic & well & meet wetland requirements)

Courtesy of Historical Society

zoning scenarios1
Zoning Scenarios

Residential 40B

  • Bypass local zoning requirements.
  • 25% of units must be deed restricted as affordable units.
  • E.g.

The Regency 23 acres 60 units (2.61 units per acre) Smith would have 20 units

Sunset Ridge 15.5 acres 28 units (1.81 units per acre) Smith would have 14.48 units

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Zoning Scenarios

Local Initiative Plan (LIP)

  • Friendly 40B
  • Application submitted w/ letter of endorsement by Board of Selectmen
  • 25% of units must be deed restricted as affordable
  • E.g. Bolton Woods Way 9.9 acres 28 units (14 affordable) 2.83 units per acre/ Smith would have 22.64 units
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Zoning Scenarios

Mixed Use 40B

  • Residential project may contain ancillary commercial, institutional, or other non residential uses.
  • Planned & designed to complement the primary residential uses
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Zoning Scenarios

Village Overlay w/ Design Guidelines

  • Village Overlay could allow mixed use (residential & commercial uses) that are compatible with the historic context of the neighborhood.
  • The design guidelines could control: architectural style, building mass, lighting, landscaping, signage, buffering, parking, setbacks & building heights.
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Zoning Scenarios
  • Rezone to Business or Limited Business
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Zoning Scenarios

40R Smart Growth Districts

Financial incentives: zoning incentive payment e.g. $10,000 for up to 20 units, bonus payments $3,000 for each unit, educational cost reimbursement

(see handout for more details)

  • Allows for dense residential or mixed use development. 20% of housing must be affordable.
  • The Board of Selectmen submits an application to the state requesting a Smart Growth District. Once approved by the State, a community then adopts the smart growth district at town meeting 2/3rds vote.
NEXT:7:55 – 8:25 pm discussion between the Planning Board, Board of Selectmen & Economic Development Committee