Submitted by the Bedford Planning Board
The Planning Board is reviewing the zoning bylaw that allows and regulates the ability to have a second or “accessory” dwelling unit in conjunction with a single family dwelling in Bedford. The current bylaw, in place since the early 1990s, allows such units in the form of “accessory apartments” within or attached to the main house. It sets out rules governing various aspects such as the presence of the owner on the property and the size, appearance and parking arrangements.
The Board is interested in exploring the potential to expand the contribution that accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can make to meeting housing needs and giving homeowners the flexibility to adapt to different life-cycle stages. The main bylaw change being contemplated is to allow a detached ADU to be built within a house lot, subject to further suitable rules about size, placement, etc.
To involve the community in discussion, the Board will hold a public forum on Monday, May 13, 2019, in the Reed Room at Town Hall, with one session at 2 pm and a repeat session at 7 pm to accommodate different schedules. Light refreshments will be supplied.
If any resident has experience with an accessory apartment under the current bylaw, which they would be willing to share publicly, Planning staff would be glad to hear from you in advance of the forum. (Phone 781-275-1548)