Annotated Zoning Regulations Are Now Available
We are proud to announce that we have completed the long awaited Annotated Zoning Regulations, which we have modified to make navigating them online easier, more intuitive, and more informative. Apart from the more obvious tabs, notes, and illustrations on the sidebars of each page, there are numerous internal links that allow you to look up definitions, view iilustrations in the appendix, follow cross-references, or jump to a different chapter. There are also external links to other regulations, ordinances, statutes and plans; application forms, citizens’ guides, and other helpful documents; and websites of town, regional and state agencies containing relevant information.
Due to limitations of Word and PDF documents, navigation is not as intuitive as we would like. Internal links are highlighted in blue and left-clicking on them with your mouse or touchpad will take you directly to them, as you would expect of any hyperlink. Once you follow an internal link to a definition, illustration, or cross-reference, there is no intuitive way to find your way back to exactly where you were, which can lead to a frustrating search for your original location and a good reason not to follow the links. However, there is a simple solution. In the header at the top of every odd page, there is the following notation:
Press [Alt]+[left arrow] to return to previous view
Simply pressing both the [Alt] key and the [left arrow] key simultaneously will take you back to your exact previous location
External links are similarly highlighted in blue, but they do not respond to a simple left click of the mouse or touch pad and you cannot return to your previous view by pressing [Alt]+[¬] since they will open a new window or tab on your browser. Again there is a relatively simple solution. In the header of every even page, there is the following notation:
Press [Ctrl]+[left mouse click] to follow an external link
Simply pressing the [Ctrl] key and left clicking your mouse or touch pad will open your desired link in a new tab or window (depending on how your browser is configured).
Clicking on the colored tabs on the outer margins will take you directly to a new chapter. The first eight chapters are on the right margin of odd pages and the last eight are on the left margin of even pages.
The headers and footers also contain subsection (e.g. Section 1.0) and page numbers (e.g., 1-2) to provide a visual reference for where you are in the Regulations, which surprisingly is not always evident as you drill down into a lengthy regulation. For example, you may be in Subsection 8.6B(1)b(iii) and not see Section 8 or even Subsection 8.6 anywhere on the page. Rather than scroll up or down to find out where you are, just look at the header to get your bearings.
Let us know if there is any way that we can make these annotated regulations more informative, easier to understand, or easier to navigate.
These Regulations are best viewed on a computer or tablet using the Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers, or Adobe Reader. Many navigation features do not work in Google Chrome and have not been tested in Apple Safari. Click on the link below to view them now.