The legislation should allow older residents to stay in their homes and increase the supply of affordable rentals to attract and keep younger families.
After June 1, NH municipalities cannot require that accessory dwelling units be occupied only by a family member, have a separate water or sewer connection, contain just one bedroom, or maintain an always-unlocked doorway connection to the rest of the premises. The law applies to renovations as well as new construction. Municipalities can require that the owner of the premises live on site.
According to this article in NH Business Review 92% of NH home sales are single family, the highest in New England and one half of all NH renters earn less than $35,000 per year. There is clearly a need for more affordable housing, both in terms of ownership and rental availability.
Moultonboro's Planning Board has already drafted a zoning amendment for voter consideration next March on ballot day. Public hearings will be held before it goes on the ballot. Among the changes being proposed:
- The maximum size of an ADU shall not exceed 1,000 sq. ft. area.
- An interior door shall be provided between the principal dwelling unit and accessory dwelling unit. There is no requirement for said interior door to remain unlocked
- There shall be no more than two bedrooms in an ADU
- Sale or ownership of such unit separate from the primary residence is prohibited.
- The occupant of either the ADU or the primary residence shall be the owner of the entire. property. Only one unit shall be used for rental occupancy
- No more than four persons shall occupy an ADU
- D. NH DES requirements for septic loading shall be met
I am puzzled that two of our three NH House Reps, Cordelli and Wright, voted against this legislation. Rep. Crawford was excused and did not vote. It passed the house 188 to 93. Perhaps they can explain their position?