Accessory Apartment Bylaw Update

Proposed Accessory Apartments Bylaw


The Planning Board is sponsoring an update of the Town's existing 1986 Accessory Apartments Bylaw. Key changes include streamlining the existing three-board process (Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Health) to Site Plan & Architectural Design Review at the Planning Board, with Board of Health approval for septic/well permits prior to the issuance of a building permit. Originally up for consideration for Spring Town Meeting on May 1, 2021, the bylaw was delayed due to a technological issue with the remote Zoning Hearing, a required part of the Town Meeting Process, causing the legal notice for the Zoning Hearing to be defective and the article to be withdrawn. While this is a setback, it allows more time to run public process and solicit feedback on the bylaw for it to be heard at the next available Town Meeting. Questions and comments may be submitted to the Planning Board via email to cstarling@doverma.gov.