The two most important areas where the railroad is preempted from our regulations is site plan review by the Planning Board, and the requirement that the railroad obtain a building permit for construction of their various facilities on site.
Site Plan Review by the Planning Board is done to ensure that the site to be built is done in compliance with the Town's Zoning By-Laws. These by-laws regulate various uses of land, and set requirements for such things as setbacks from lot lines, noise, parking, etc.
Although the railroad does not have to file with our Code Enforcement department for a building permit, they must still comply with the State Building Code. Thus they may construct buildings without a permit, but they must notify the Town that they are doing permit-eligible work, and the Town has a right to inspect it and enforce the State Building Code. All of the facilities at the yard, including the wood pellet facility, have been inspected by the Town and found to be in compliance.