Town of Groton, MA
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Groton 3-16-1964 by Art. 34. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 218.
Historic District rules and regulations — See Ch. 360, Art. I.

§ 153-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to promote the educational, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of buildings, places and district of historic and educational significance through the development and maintenance of appropriate settings for said buildings, places and districts as sites and landmarks compatible with the contributions of many of its citizens to the Town of Groton and to the nation.

§ 153-2 Establishment of districts.

[Amended 3-16-1964 ATM, Art. 36; 4-28-2003 ATM, Art. 16]
A. 
There is hereby established an Historic District under the provisions of MGL C. 40C, bounded and described as follows:
(1) 
Beginning at a point on the center line of Main Street, at the southeast corner of the Prescott Common, thence running 300 feet northwesterly to a point opposite the boundary line between Lots 0263 and 0265; northeasterly along said boundary for 1,000 feet to a point in line with the westerly boundary of Lot 0262; thence approximately 1,450 feet to a point in the center of Lowell Road; westerly a distance of approximately 300 feet following the center of Lowell Road to a point 600 feet from the intersection of Lowell Road and Main Street, thence northwesterly on a line east of and parallel to Main Street, to a point in the center of Mayfield Road; south and westerly following the center of Mayfield Road to the center of Main Street at a point opposite Court Street; westerly on Court Street to a point 200 feet, thence on a line southeast and south 200 feet from and parallel to Main Street to a point in the center of Old Ayer Road, thence along the center of Old Ayer Road south of the Prescott Common to the point of beginning as shown on the Plan of Historic Districts of the Town of Groton dated March 10, 2003, said plan being on record with the Town Clerk.
(2) 
Beginning at a point in the center of Pleasant Street 300 feet east of the Common at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Mill Street, thence running 400 feet northwesterly, thence on a line southwesterly and southerly parallel to and northwest of Pleasant Street and west of Farmers Row to the center of Joy Lane, thence easterly on a line to a point 400 feet east of Farmers Row, then on a line northerly and northeasterly to a point at the intersection of the southwest corner of Lots 090 and 089, thence on a line to the center of Pleasant Street at the point of beginning as shown on the Plan of Historic Districts of the Town of Groton dated March 10, 2003, said plan being on record with the Town Clerk.
(3) 
Beginning at a point in the center of Mayfield Road and following the boundary line of Lots O-184 and O-182 to a point 200 feet east of the center of Hollis Street, thence running northerly parallel to the center of Hollis Street to a point midway between the boundary line of Lot J-120, thence northwesterly to a point 200 feet from the center of School Street on the boundary line of Lots J-115 and J-116; southwesterly from this point on a line parallel to and 200 feet northwesterly of School Street to the center of Main Street, thence along the center of Main Street to the intersection of Elm Street, southwesterly along the center of Elm Street for 200 feet, thence southeasterly parallel to and 200 feet southwesterly from the center of Main Street to the center of Court Street, then on a line in the center of Court Street to the center of Main Street, thence on a line southeasterly to the intersection of Hollis and Main Street and along the center of Mayfield Road to the point of beginning as shown on the Plan of Historic Districts of the Town of Groton dated March 10, 2003, said plan being on record with the Town Clerk.

§ 153-3 Establishment of Historic District Commission; membership.

[Amended 4-27-2009 ATM , Art. 19]
There is hereby established an Historic District Commission, under the provisions of MGL C. 40C, consisting of five members and two alternate members to be appointed by the Town Manager.
A. 
When the Historic District Commission is first established, one member shall be appointed for a term of one year, two shall be appointed for terms of two years, and two shall be appointed for terms of three years.
B. 
When the Historic District Commission is first established, one alternate member shall be appointed for a term of one year, and one alternate member shall be appointed for a term of two years, and their successors shall be appointed in like manner for terms of three years.
C. 
The members of the Historic District Commission shall be made up as follows:
(1) 
Two from three nominees submitted by the Groton Historical Society.
(2) 
One, if possible from two nominees, one of whom shall be submitted by the Massachusetts State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and one of whom shall be submitted by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.
(3) 
Two additional members without designation.
(4) 
One or more of the foregoing shall be, if possible, a resident of the area or areas included in the Groton Historic Districts.

§ 153-4 Powers and duties of Commission.

The Historic District Commission shall have all of the powers and duties of Historic District Commissions as provided in MGL C. 40C and of subsequent amendments thereto.

§ 153-5 Rules and regulations; gifts.

The Historic District Commission shall adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of its business, not inconsistent with the provisions of MGL C. 40C, and may, subject to appropriation, employ clerical and technical assistants or consultants and may accept money gifts and expend the same for such services.

§ 153-6 Time limits on certain actions.

When taking action under the provisions of MGL C. 40C, § 7, Paragraph 2, the Historic District Commission shall make its determination within 45 days after the public hearing.

§ 153-7 Severability.

In case any section, paragraph or part of this chapter is for any reason declared invalid or unconstitutional by any court of last resort, every other section, paragraph or part shall continue in full force and effect.