Acton on accessory dwelling units

Organizing for town meeting can make the difference between celebrating a victory—or waiting two years to make your case again. That’s one major lesson from Acton, where local organizers were happy that expanding the town’s accessory dwelling bylaw got 89% of the vote in support three years after a similar effort failed. The winning proposal allows new “detached” accessory units that are 500 square feet or less to be created by right and updates zoning for accessory units within existing structures such as a garage or barn. The new detached units are what many call a “tiny home” on a foundation. Only 16 of 100 communities in Metro Boston (excluding Boston itself) allow detached accessory un

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