Proposal would put more houses on North Main St.

Deerfield Planning Board to hold public hearing March 4 at 7

DEERFIELD — More house lots might be allowed along North Main Street if the town approves a zoning change proposed by resident Robert Decker.

The proposal would rezone the area along North Main Street from Captain Lathrop Drive north to the railroad bridge to central village residential district. Part of the north end of North Main Street is located within the residential/agricultural district and/or the industrial district. Lot sizes and frontage requirements are smaller in the village district.

Many of the 32 affected properties are located on lots that do not meet the minimum dimensional requirements for the residential/agricultural district and are grandfathered while others comply with the agriculture zone requirements and could be split into smaller residential zones under the change.

The residential/agricultural zone requires a minimum lot size of 60,000 square feet with 200 feet of frontage. The central village residential district sets minimum lot size of 12,000 square feet with 100 feet of frontage.

If the area’s zoning is allowed to change, it would free up frontage space and might give property owners two lots rather than one.

In the late 1980s, the town created the central village residential district and based the district on a sewer line that town officials believed stopped on Captain Lathrop Drive. It is now known that the sewer line extends into the north end of North Main Street.

The proposal would also re-zone four parcels on the westerly side of North Main Street from central village residential district to industrial district. This would solve the problem in that the North Main Street frontage of those lots is in the central village residential district, but the back portions are in the industrial district. Thus, someone can not use it commercially to get to the industrial district.

Decker owns 198 North Main St. and has his own interests in the zoning districts.

“I’d like to figure out what I can do with the property,” Decker said.

If the zoning change is approved, Decker would be able to consider building a single-family home on the property with 100 feet of frontage.

The town Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the request March 4 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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