The bylaw authorizes consideration of "the adequacy of the site, in terms of size and location, for the proposed size and siting within the parcel of the structure and the likely impact of the increased intensity of use including potential detriment to the surrounding area, community amenities and natural or historic characteristic of a site and neighborhood in which it is located."
Some specifics from the bylaw:
1. The development site shall be preserved in its natural state to the maximum extent, so
as to minimize removal or alteration of native vegetation, soil and other natural features
such as existing or natural slopes, flood plains, hilltops, dunes and coastal banks and to
preserve the integrity and scenic qualities of natural features. The applicant shall
demonstrate that any grading or earth-moving resulting from construction in excess of
that amount allowed by right shall be designed and executed so as to maintain final site
contours consistent with existing terrain both on and adjacent to the site.
2. Proposed structures shall minimize obstruction of water views and other scenic views
from publicly accessible locations.
3. Proposed structures shall preserve and protect unusual or rare natural features of the
parcel and historical features of existing structures.
4. Construction and siting of proposed structures shall be designed to protect unusual or
significant environmental resources, including groundwater quality and recharge volume
and the water quality of potentially affected coastal and surface water bodies and, for that
purpose, storm water infiltration systems shall be designed so that natural runoff
characteristics shall not be increased, groundwater recharge is maximized, pollution
impacts are minimized and neighboring properties will not be adversely affected.
5. Exterior lighting shall be designed and maintained so as to protect adjacent properties
and the night sky from intrusive lighting; electric, telephone, cable and other utility lines
shall be installed underground unless specifically waived.
6. Proposed structures shall be integrated into the existing terrain and surrounding
landscape, and, while variation in detail, form, siting and setting shall be encouraged,
construction shall maintain compatibility of height, scale and bulk in relation to existing
development within the neighborhood by avoiding substantial differences in scale and
7. On sites with significant slope or other grade changes, structures shall be sited and
designed so as to minimize extreme variation in mass and scale when viewed from
various perspectives and variation in scale and mass of segments of a structure shall be
encouraged as a means to avoid excessive downhill exterior wall faces.