Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Zoning Bylaw - Draft Amendments for 2022 Special Town Meeting
***UPDATE: This bylaw amendment passed Town Meeting October 2022 and was approved by the Attorney General's Office in January 2023***
PB 2221 ZNG: Updates to Section 3.3 of the Zoning Bylaw, Accessory Dwelling Units (Special Town Meeting October 17, 2022)
The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals are co-sponsoring amendments to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Section of the Zoning Bylaw for Special Town Meeting beginning October 17, 2022 at 7:00pm at Westford Academy.
ADUs are permitted in Westford by Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Board has approved an average of 5 ADUs per year since 2015. More than half of these applications also required variances related to dimensional standards.
What changes are proposed?
- Expand upon the purpose of the bylaw
- A few purposes were added to better reflect what the ADU bylaw is for, such as protecting the single-family character of a neighborhood, encouraging more economic and energy-efficient use of the town's housing, and providing units for persons with disabilities.
The latest draft can be viewed at this link.
The Planning Board Report and Recommendation to Town Meeting can be found here.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Assistant Planner Sierra Pelletier, email@example.com, 978-692-5524