Examples of Local Village Overlay Projects

I often get asked the question “what does a village overlay look like”. I’ll try to answer that question by showing you some images below. As I tell everyone from the beginning that at one time prior to zoning, towns allowed the mix of housing and businesses which created a vibrant town center. Here are some images of what Bolton looked like prior to zoning.  

Here are two examples in Bolton that would not be allowed under current zoning because current zoning does not allow for more than two buildings.  However, these developments WOULD be allowed under the village overlay. The Village Overlay allows for multiple buildings it also reduces the front yard set back which pushes parking to the rear or side. Note these buildings do not meet the current front yard set back of 150′.

Current Post Office location with multiple businesses as well as a second building in back used as a spa.

Delta Financial located on Main Street Bolton uses the barn and main house as business space.

West Acton Ma, is a mixed use project that consists of 7 residential units and 3 retail spaces. This development is currently under construction.

Stow Ma – Old Farm house converted into condos and a barn addition is used business.  There is also over 55 housing located behind the development.

Leominster – Doyle Center. The original house was added onto to create a center for The Trustees of Reservation. This development consists of multiple buildings with reduced set backs to allow for parking in the rear. Again this would not be allowed under current zoning but would under the Village Overlay.

Lincoln Ma – Multiple buildings with parking in the rear. Again not allowed under current zoning but would be allowed under the village overlay.

Town Meeting is May 7th at 7:00pm at the High School. Article 17 creates the Bolton Village Overlay District.

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About Southborough Town Planner

I am the Town Planner for the Town of Southborough MA
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