Section 1. Purpose
This Bylaw is adopted by the Town of Concord to protect the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the town from the effects of air pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change, and from fuel leaks and explosions that threaten the Town and its inhabitants.
Section 2. Definitions
For the purposes of this bylaw, the following definitions shall apply:
“Building” shall have the same meaning as set forth in Section 1.3.4 of the Concord Zoning Bylaw, provided that the pertinent structure is or will be furnished with a heating or hot water system.
“Effective Date” shall mean six months following the date by which the Town is authorized by the Department of Energy Resources to regulate fossil fuel infrastructure.
“New Building” shall mean any new construction that will require heating or cooling and that is associated with a valid building permit application on or after the effective date of this bylaw, including but not limited to, construction (a) on a vacant lot, (b) to replace a demolished building, or (c) of a new accessory building constructed on an existing residential or commercial property.
“On-Site Fossil Fuel Infrastructure” shall mean piping for coal, oil, natural gas or other fuel hydrocarbons, including synthetic equivalents, or other fossil fuels that are in a building, in connection with a building, or otherwise within the property lines of a premises, extending from a supply tank or from the point of delivery behind a gas meter (customer-side of a gas meter).
Section 3. Applicability and Exemptions
3.1. On and after the Effective Date, no building permit shall be issued by the Town for the construction of New Buildings or that include the installation of new On-Site Fossil Fuel Infrastructure subject to this Chapter.
3.2. The provisions of this bylaw shall not apply to (i) the development of new affordable housing, as defined in Mass. Gen. Laws c. 184, § 26; (ii) to cooking stoves and ovens used in restaurants or commercial kitchens; (iii) any fossil fuel infrastructure the exclusive purpose of which is to fuel backup electrical generators; (iv) public utilities, their operations, or installations other than in the Buildings constructed by others; or (v) research laboratories for scientific or medical research, or to hospitals or medical offices regulated by the department of public health as a health care facility.
3.3. The requirements of this article shall not apply to the piping required to produce potable or domestic hot water from centralized hot water systems in buildings with building floor areas of at least 10,000 square feet, provided that the Engineer of Record certifies that no commercially available electric hot water heater exists that could meet the required hot water demand for less than 150% of installation or operational costs, compared to a conventional fossil-fuel hot water system.
Section 4. Administration
4.1 . Enforcement
The Building and Inspections Department is hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this bylaw.
Section 5. Appeal
Any applicant who is aggrieved by a denial of a building permit, in whole or part, in connection with this bylaw, may appeal to the board or committee designated by the Town Manager to hear and resolve such appeals within 20 days from the date of denial.
Section 6. Severability
Each provision of this bylaw shall be construed as separate to the extent that if any section,
sentence, clause or phrase is held to be invalid for any reason, the remainder of the by-law
shall continue in full force and effect.
Section 7. Reporting
The Town Manager, or the Town Manager’s designee, shall provide data and other information on the impacts of this Bylaw on emissions, building costs, operating costs, the number of building permits issued, and other information as required or requested by the Department of Energy Resources and the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development.
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