The state Legislature would have to approve the town’s home rule petition.
The meeting was also scheduled to vote on an overlay zone for an industrial area of the Tapleyville neighborhood along Holten Street to create a mix of shops, restaurants and housing. Results of this vote on Articles 21 and 22 were not known as of press time last night.
There was some discussion on a bylaw clarifying who might live in so-called “extended family living areas” or in-law apartments. Among the definitions, legal guardians were allowed, but a move by Town Meeting member John Zavaglia to add “god parents” to the definition failed.
The business-like mid-winter meeting was meant to clean up some zoning articles, though a move to strike the animal husbandry zoning bylaw from the books in favor of having the Board of Health rule on the keeping of small animals like chickens, geese and rabbits garnered its fair share of squawking.
Town Meeting member Charles Dame wondered why it was being deleted. The present bylaw only allows the keeping of small animals in certain residential zones, but not in others. However, the town also has a “right-to-farm” bylaw which contradicts that. Town Meeting voted to table this article for a future meeting.
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