WOLFEBORO — Homeowners, building and real estate professionals, and citizen planners alike are invited to attend an informative workshop on creating accessory dwelling units in accordance with updated municipal regulations.
The ADU workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at the Pinckney Boat House on the Brewster Academy campus on South Main Street in Wolfeboro from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free, but the favor of a reply is requested by June 15 for planning purposes. Respond to email@example.com or leave a message at 603-522-7150.
This workshop will feature presenters with practical, how-to advice, as well as a legislative update and overview from guest moderator Susan Slack, principal planner with the New Hampshire Office of Energy & Planning. Panelists include Janet Bye of Bye Insurance Group, Inc., in Wakefield, builder/remodeler Kurt Clason of K.A. Clason-Fine Woodworking Corp., in Ossipee, Cathy Box, Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer of Accent on Kitchens, Matt Sullivan, Director of Planning & Development, Town of Wolfeboro, Jennifer Libby of Keller Williams Realty in Wolfeboro, Debra Golder, Sr. Branch Manager of Northway Bank, and William Ross, Mortgage Loan Officer at Northway Bank’s West Ossipee branch.
Many homeowners may be unaware of the new regulations -- and this event is one way to inform the public. The fundamental requirement of the new law is that every municipality with a zoning ordinance shall allow accessory dwelling units – also called in-law apartments – as a matter of right, or by either conditional use permit or by special exception, in all zoning districts that permit single family dwellings. The legislation, effective June 1, 2017, may benefit aging or disabled homeowners and their caregivers, single parents, recent college graduates weighed down with debt, and others by providing housing options that may have been otherwise prohibited in some communities.
Copies of updated ordinances will be available at this forum. For more information on this event and the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition, visit www.elrhc.org.