This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Zoning Ordinance of the City of Haverhill, Massachusetts," referred to herein as "this chapter."
[Amended 6-6-1978 by Doc. 103-C]
This chapter is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as created by Chapter 808 of the Acts of 1975, and amendments thereto, herein called the "Zoning Act." The provisions of Chapter 40A shall supersede any and all inconsistencies with this chapter.
In conjunction with the purposes stated in the Zoning Act, this chapter shall provide protection for inland wetlands as well as existing and potential watersheds, shall regulate the removal of sand, gravel, quarry or other earth materials and shall give direction and effect to the development objectives and recommendations contained in the Haverhill Master Plan of 1967-1969.
Editor's Note: A new City Master Plan was adopted in 1991, copies of which are available from the City Clerk.
[Added 6-6-1978 by Doc. 103-C]
This chapter provides for the granting of either a variance or special permit upon appeal, application or petition where it is found that departure from the specific terms of this chapter would not have a detrimental effect upon the community.
The Board of Appeals is hereby authorized to hear, decide and grant, upon a petition, variances and, upon application, special permits for exceptions; and the City Council is hereby authorized to hear, decide and grant, upon application, special permits for cluster residential developments, planned unit developments, multifamily developments, hospitals, including psychiatric hospitals and clinics, nursing homes, detention centers, jails, homes for wayward or delinquent persons and drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers or the offering of drug or alcohol rehabilitative services, except where the Board of Appeals is authorized to hear, decide and grant, upon application, a special permit to expand an existing residential dwelling up to, and not to exceed, a total of six dwelling units where no exterior structural changes are required.
[Amended 6-10-1980 by Doc. 89-C; 4-26-1983 by Doc. 56-C]