Two ordinances proposed

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Updates to two zoning ordinances detailing secondary uses for Lyndeborough homes will be up for discussion this month.

In March, the town will be voting on two new zoning amendments, both of which are updating existing ordinances – one for home businesses and the other for accessory dwellings such as in-law apartments. 

In both versions of the ordinance, a home business is allowed to take up one-third of the floor area of a residence, and a home occupation up to a fourth. Where previously, home business signs were subject to the town sign ordinance, it would now specify signs to be less than four square feet, and not internally lit.

The ordinance is proposed to impose a standard size for parking spaces which is absent from the current ordinance: 9 by 18 feet. 

Provisions to protect residential neighborhoods, including screening exterior storage of materials and equipment, and that the business not change the character of the neighborhood with window displays, and no noise vibration, dust, smoke, odors, heat or glare may be produced by the business without approval by the Planning Board through a site plan review.

Currently in the town’s Zoning Ordinance, accessory apartments are allowed by special exception. The amended ordinance would allow one accessory dwellings as a matter of right, requiring only approval of the building inspector, rather than a Planning Board approval process.

They would be allowed in all zoning districts that allow single-family dwellings. 

The amendment proposes not having additional requirements for lot size, frontage or space limitations beyond what would be required for a single-family home without an accessory unit. 

The ordinance would require the two dwellings to be separated by an interior door, and the owner of the property must have one of the units as their principal residence. 

Zoning amendments must be adopted during ballot vote in March by a majority. 

The Lyndeborough Planning Board will hold public hearings on both of the proposed amendments on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Citizens’ Hall. A full copy of both proposed ordinances and the town’s current Zoning Ordinance are available on the town’s website. 


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.