134) With an array of suggestions on how to create an accessory dwelling unit from a basement, garage, or back bedroom, or to build an addition to a home or even add a temporary pod (135) on the same lot, the design community and the community that advocates for seniors (136) is devoting energy to problem-solving spatial design in the single-family home to make it multi-generationally friendly.
Fannie Mae does not use the term accessory dwelling unit in its single-family Selling Guide, but will purchase loans on properties with illegal "accessory units," a scenario for which it provides detailed guidance.
Several prefab construction companies are making a name for themselves with their environment conscious and low-cost options, as accessory dwelling units become a popular source of passive income for homeowners.
Homeowners can have an accessory dwelling unit without the need to comply with any additional requirements for lot size, frontage, space limitations or other controls, beyond what is otherwise required for a single-family dwelling, except that municipalities can require a larger lot size, if the accessory apartment is detached from the primary residence.
The first draft of the accessory dwelling unit bylaw that was sent to all Zoning Study Committee and Planning Board members on June 8 clearly identifies the article as an accessory dwelling unit bylaw and not an in-law apartment.
By requiring municipalities to allow one attached accessory dwelling unit to single-family homes in zones that allow those homes and establishing other important requirements for local regulation of these units, this bipartisan bill will help increase affordable housing options, helping to meet workforce demands and allowing more of our older citizens to live independently in their communities.
Another change is that the property owner will not be required to live in one of the units - either the apartment or the home; and the Planning Board will be limited to granting 15 accessory dwelling unit special permits each year.