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VOTE OF THE TOWN MEETING: The vote of the Town Meeting was unanimous in approving the article as written as declared by the Moderator.

ARTICLE 15: ZONING BYLAWS - ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT (2/3 Vote Required) To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws by adding a new Chapter Eighteen – Accessory Dwelling Units as follows:

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

18.01 Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Units shall be permitted only upon issuance of a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals and in accordance with the additional requirements specified herein.

18.02 General Description

An accessory dwelling unit shall mean a separate housekeeping unit, complete with its own sleeping, cooking and sanitary facilities, that is contained within the structure of a single-family dwelling or attached accessory structure as specified in this section, but functions as a separate unit. This bylaw is not intended for revolving short term rentals.

18.03 Purpose

The purpose of the Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw is to:

  • (a)

    Provide homeowners with a means of obtaining, through tenants in accessory apartments, rental income, companionship, security, and services, and thereby to enable them to stay more comfortably in homes and neighborhoods they might otherwise be forced to leave;

  • (b)

    Provide a mix of housing that responds to changing family needs and smaller households;

  • (c)

    Provide a broader range of accessible and more affordable housing;

  • (d)

    Protect stability, property values, and the residential character of a neighborhood by ensuring that accessory apartments are installed only in owner-occupied houses and under such additional conditions as may be appropriate to further the purposes of this bylaw; and

(e)

Legalize conversions to encourage compliance with the State Building Code.

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