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The Town of Barnstable advertised a public hearing to consider zoning amendments allowing Accessory Dwelling Units for an in-person Town Council meeting on July 1st. On June 16th, the Governor signed a bill allowing public meetings to continue to be held remotely. In order to maximize the opportunity for public participation, the public hearing on the ADU zoning amendments has been rescheduled for July 15th and the hearing will be held remotely, via Zoom.
On July 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM the Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) zoning amendments. Please find details for joining the Public Hearing below:
Town of Barnstable Town Council
Public Hearing on Items 2021-174 and 2021-175 – Accessory Dwelling Units
Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID 926 0239 8466
888 475 4499 US Toll-free
You can submit comment on these items to the Town Council in the following ways:
The Town is currently in the process of considering an amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as an accessory use to a single-family residential dwelling.
An initial review of the Cape Cod Commission's model ordinance and discussion of policy issues was conducted by the Town Council's Zoning & Regulatory Subcommittee in 2020. The draft ordinance for consideration was put forward by that Subcommittee. The draft was then referred to Town staff for technical and legal review, as well as review against the new "Housing Choice" legislation adopted by the Commonwealth on January 14, 2021.
The proposed zoning amendment will be reviewed at Planning Board and Town Council as two items: Town Council Item No. 2021-174 and Town Council Item No. 2021-175. The recently adopted "Housing Choice" legislation reduces the vote required for adoption of a zoning amendment allowing 'as of right' ADUs from a two-thirds majority vote to a simple majority vote in an effort to encourage new housing production. The first item, No. 2021-174, proposes adding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to the Town's zoning ordinance which, per the recent legislation, requires a simple majority vote. The second item, No. 2021-175, modifies the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) ordinance to incorporate a provision for the ability to seek relief by special permit for ADUs greater than 900 square feet. This provision diverges from the "Housing Choice" legislation which defines an ADU as being 900 square feet and thus is required to be voted upon separately as a two-thirds majority vote.
Please see the Town Council Rationales as well as the Planning Board Staff Reports for each of the items, as listed below:
January 25, 2021: The Planning Board, in collaboration with the Planning & Development Department, held a community meeting on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).
2021: The Town Council introduced amendments
to the zoning ordinance to allow Accessory
Dwelling Units (ADUs) as an accessory use to a
single-family residential dwelling.
The Town Council affirmatively voted to refer
the proposed ADU zoning amendments to Planning
At the May 24, 2021 meeting, the Planning Board affirmatively voted to recommend Item 2021-174 to Town Council as written with a modification to 240-47.2(C)(11) to revise the rental period for an ADU and for a principal dwelling from not shorter than 12 consecutive months to not shorter than 6 consecutive months. The Planning Board affirmatively voted to recommend Item 2021-175 to Town Council as written.
On July 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM the Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) zoning amendments.
The Town has put together a frequently asked questions guide to help answer many of the questions. (Updated May 10th)ADU Frequently Asked Questions
The Town posted an online forum to allow residents to comment on ADUs.
To help keep the public informed of zoning issues in Barnstable, the Town is now offering e-mail notices of current and upcoming zoning amendment proposals and related meetings. Sign up HERE.
Town Staff: Elizabeth Jenkins, AICP, Director of Planning & Development, 508-862-4735, email@example.com
Photo credit: ABCs of ADUs