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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Accessory Dwelling Units, Village Overlay District Now Part of Zoning Ordinances

With barely  mention at Town Meeting, two very important changes to our Zoning Ordinances easily passed last Tuesday.

Article 2  establishes the creation of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) as an accessory use to existing single-family detached dwellings.
In-law apartments or a place for elderly parents to age in place , be near family and live independently are now legal throughout NH and this amendment codifies how they will be allowed in Moultonboro. The law passed last years requires towns to allow ADU's , but allows each municipality to tweak it to meet their specific needs. Here is a link to the ordinance.

Article 3  establishes a Village Center Overlay District (VCOD) to encourage the development of the Moultonboro Village Center in a manner consistent with its historic pattern, including the size and spacing of structures and open spaces. This will set the tone for how the village area of town can be developed. Changes are coming to the village, including I hope, a town common which I would urge the select board to follow up with my suggestion to engage a landscape architect to develop a conceptual plan of how that might look. It is a great and unique opportunity that will not come again and should not be wasted. Here is a link to that ordinance.

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