Town Meeting votes to adopt zoning bylaw amendments, which require a two-thirds vote. Zoning bylaw amendments are typically presented to Town Meeting as articles printed in Warrant. Prior to Town Meeting the Planning Board holds a public hearing for the purpose of accepting public comment on the article and making a recommendation to Town Meeting. The article is also voted on by the Finance Committee and Select Board. Once the article is approved by Town Meeting and the MA Attorney General, the amendment is effective retro-active to the date of publication of the public hearing notice.