0. Zoning Regulations; City of Groton

These Regulations have been amended through September 2, 2020. Adoption date December 1. 2016.  

Initial Zoning Ordinance adopted May 15, 1975.

To download a PDF version go here.

Zoning Map can be viewed here (map will open in a new window)

These Regulations have been organized in a way that will hopefully make it easy for you to find the information you are looking for.

One of the first things to do might be to determine the zoning district(s) that the property is located within.  The zoning map can be found here:

Planning and Economic Development

To help you find the information you seek, the Regulations are organized around the following major themes:

THEME SECTIONS DESCRIPTION
Regulatory Basics 1.    Regulatory Basics

2.    Words And Terms

Basic information about interpreting and applying the Regulations.
Zones and Uses and Standards 3.    Residence Zones

4.    Business And Industrial Zones

5.    Special Zones

6.    Use-Related Provisions

Information specific to different zones and uses
General Standards and Requirements 7.    Standards

8.    Special Provisions

Standards related to development activities
Procedures 9.    Administrative Provisions How applications will be processed

 

Users of these Regulations may find the following resources helpful:

People

  • Groton City Planner
  • Building and Zoning Official
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Appeals

 

Other Regulations / Maps

 

Other Information

Table of Contents

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1.     REGULATORY BASICS
1.1.         Authority
1.2.         Purposes
1.3.         Jurisdiction
1.4.         Zoning Districts and Zoning Map
1.5.         Construction of Regulations
1.6.         Validity and Severability
1.7.         Effective Date

2.     WORDS AND TERMS
2.1.        Basic Usage
2.2.        Definitions

3.     RESIDENCE ZONES
3.0.        Overview
3.1.        Purpose
3.2.        Permitted Principal Buildings, Structures and Uses
3.3.        Permitted Accessory Buildings, Structures and Uses
3.4.        Dimensional Standards

4.     BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL ZONES
4.0.        Overview
4.1.        WBR – Waterfront Business Residence District
4.2.        FCD – Five Corners District
4.3.        GC – General Commercial Zone
4.4.        IT – Industrial / Technology Zone
4.5.        TC – Technology Campus Zone

5.     SPECIAL ZONES
5.0.        Overview
5.1.        ROS – Recreation Open Space
5.2.        CAM – Coastal Area Management Overlay Zone
5.3.        FP – Flood Protection Overlay Zone

5.3.A       Purpose and Intent; B. Applicability; C. Caveat
5.3.D       Definitions
5.3.E       General Requirements;
5.3.F       Site Plan and Building Permit Requirements;
5.3.G       Requirements in Zones A and AE;
5.3.H       Requirements in Zone VE and Coastal AE (Coastal High Hazard Areas);
5.3.I        Requirements for Floodways;
5.3.J        Additional Provisions;  K. Floodplain Variances

5.4.        PPD – Planned Development Districts

6.     USE-RELATED PROVISIONS
6.0.        Overview
6.1.        Multi-Family Standards
6.2.        Rear Lots
6.3.        Home-Based Businesses
6.4.        Day Care
6.5.        Bed and Breakfast Establishments
6.6.        Gasoline Stations, Vehicle Dealerships, Vehicle Repair and Service
6.7.        Halfway Houses
6.8.        Community Residential Counseling Facilities (CRCFs)
6.9.        Vocational Training Facility
6.10.      Specialized Classrooms
6.11.      Boat Club, Beach Club and Marina
6.12.      Telecommunication Facilities
6.13.      Historic/Institutional Adaptive Reuse

7.     STANDARDS
7.1.        Parking and Loading Regulations
7.2.        Sign Regulations
7.3.        Earthwork and the Importing and  Exporting Of Earth Products
7.4.        Corner Visibility
7.5.        Access Drives, Accessways and Access Management
7.6.        Outdoor Lighting
7.7.        Stormwater Management
7.8.        Performance Standards

8.     SPECIAL PROVISIONS
8.1.        Frontage Required
8.2.        Dimensional Exceptions
8.3.        Non-Conforming Uses, Structures and Lots
8.4.        Design Considerations

9.     ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS
9.1.        Pre-Application Reviews
9.2.        Zoning / Building Permit
9.3.        Site Plan Application
9.4.        Special Permit Application
9.5.        Text Amendment Application
9.6.        Zone Change Application
9.7.        Zoning Board of Appeals
9.8.        Administration and Enforcement
9.9.        Procedural Details

Appendix A: Site Plan Requirements
Appendix B: Coastal Site Plan Requirements
Appendix C: ZBA Application Requirements
Chronology of Text Amendments

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