Hadley, MA, Code of Ordinances

Updated May 2018

By: Hadley, MA


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Farmland Protection

The town addresses farmland protection in its zoning bylaw. The Farmland Preservation Bylaw (Section XVII) establishes a transfer of development rights program to permanently protect farmland and agricultural soils within the town. It establishes the Agricultural-Residential zone as the Farmland Preservation District, within which all parcels of at least five acres are eligible for TDR; rights may be transferred to the Receiving District of Business and Industrial zones with frontage on designated major roadways within the town. The ordinance describes the process for certifying development rights and the special permit process for transferring those rights, and establishes dimensional and density regulations and design standards for TDR development. The ordinance also establishes an alternate cash contribution method for purchasing agricultural preservation restrictions.

Housing an Aging Population

The town’s zoning bylaw designates a Senior Housing Overlay District that encourages additional density and affordability (§27.1, et seq). The code enables conversion of existing structures to senior housing and permits additional accessory structures, such as pool cabanas. Performance, setback, and open space requirements apply as well.

Hadley, MA

2010 Population: 5,250

2010 Population Density: 227.41/square mile