Citizen's Petitions for 12 Stedman Street presented to the ZBA 12-17-09
We, the residents of the Westlands, and surrounding neighborhoods of
Chelmsford, respectfully ask the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to
deny any variances for the business operating in violation of multiple
zoning laws in a residentially-zoned home at 12 Steadman Street.
We ask that you, as a board, adhere to the zoning bylaws set
forth by the town and not set a precedent for “zone creep”
by allowing a business which employees several people;
which occupies more than 25% of the owner’s property; and
which serves its customers on-site in a residential area.
Zoning regulations were established for a reason; and the strict enforce-
ment of these regulations must be adhered to, especially in residen-
tially- zoned neighborhoods with home-based businesses.
The company operating at 12 Steadman St. has created a business-
based home, not a home-based business. It is a viable business, and
Chelmsford has many vacant, commercially-zoned buildings that are
reasonably priced and could benefit from having this growing company
as an occupant.
If we are to maintain the quality of this town, we need to protect the in-
tegrity of our environment and not let commercial encroachment destroy
the fabric of our neighborhoods.
We hope that the members of the ZBA share this goal.
Respectfully the Citizens of Chelmsford,