Town of Barnstable, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Barnstable 3-4-1958; approved 5-12-1958 (Art. IX of Ch. III of the General Ordinances as updated through 7-7-2003). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 240.

§ 13-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Airport Approach Protection Ordinance of the Barnstable Municipal Airport."

§ 13-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
AIRPORT
The Barnstable Municipal Airport.
AIRPORT APPROACH ZONE
Any airspace above the areas defined and shown on a map entitled Map of Approach Zones, Barnstable Municipal Airport, Hyannis, Massachusetts, dated February 1, 1957.
AIRPORT HAZARD
Any structure or tree which extends to any airport approach zone.
ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY
The Town Manager of the Town of Barnstable which is hereby designated as the agency charged with administering the regulations herein prescribed.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, joint-stock association, and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee or other similar representation thereof.
STRUCTURE
Any object or structure installed by man, including any object regulated or licensed under any provision of law.
TREE
A tree or other object of natural growth.

§ 13-3 Findings and intent.

It is hereby declared that the existence of any airport hazard endangers occupants of the land in its vicinity, and effects a reduction of the area available for the landing, taking off and maneuvering of aircraft, thus tending to impair the utility of the airport and the public investment therein. Accordingly, it is necessary in the interests of public health, safety and general welfare that the creating, establishment or maintenance of airport hazards be prevented by exercise of police power, without compensation to any person, except as herein specifically provided.

§ 13-4 Structure and tree height restrictions.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, no structure may be erected or altered or any tree permitted to grow or be maintained to a height which would exceed the elevation of the end of the runway by a vertical distance hereby established as shown and indicated on the map referred to in § 13-2.

§ 13-5 Nonconforming structures and trees.

The limitation prescribed in this chapter shall not be construed to require the removal, lowering or other change or alteration of any structure or tree not conforming to these regulations as of the effective date thereof or otherwise interfere with the continuance of any such nonconforming use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to permit any such nonconforming structure or tree to be substantially altered or repaired, rebuilt, allowed to grow or replanted so as to become a greater hazard to air navigation than it was on the effective date of this chapter.

§ 13-6 Administrative agency.

The Town Manager of the Town of Barnstable is hereby designated as the administrative agency charged with the duty of administering and enforcing the regulations herein prescribed. The duties of such agency shall include that of hearing and deciding all permits under § 13-7.

§ 13-7 Variances.

Any person desiring to erect or increase the height of any structure, or to permit the growth of any tree, in a manner not conforming to the airport approach protection regulations as herein established, or to establish the right to do so may apply to the Town Manager for a variance from the regulations applicable to his property. Such variance may be allowed where a literal application or enforcement of such regulation would result in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship and the relief granted would not be contrary to public interest. Any permit or variance granted under this section shall be conditioned as to require the owner of the structure or tree to permit the Barnstable Municipal Airport at its own expense to install, operate and maintain suitable obstruction markings or obstruction lights thereon.

§ 13-8 When effective.

This chapter shall have full force and effect from and after the date of its adoption and approved as required by the General Laws.