Accessory Dwelling Units Topic of Meeting Tonight

Remote Community Meeting

TOPIC: Accessory Dwelling Units

Monday, January 25, 2021

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 979 4663 2165;  or phone 888-475-4499

Meeting will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 18

Video HERE

The Town of Barnstable Planning Board, together with the Town’s Planning & Development Department, invites the public to a virtual meeting to discuss Accessory Dwelling Units. The Town is considering an amendment to the zoning ordinance to allow Accessory Dwelling Units as accessory use to a single-family residential dwelling.  The Town wants to share information with the community about Accessory Dwelling Units and get resident feedback on key issue areas.

The Town Council Zoning & Regulatory Committee introduced the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units to discuss the potential for this housing option to increase the availability of year-round rental units; adapt single-family residential properties so they are supportive of residents at a variety of stages in their life cycle; and to encourage economic and efficient use of the Town’s housing stock while maintaining the appearance and character of neighborhoods and remaining within our wastewater capacity limitations.  A draft of the ordinance discussed by the Zoning & Regulatory Committee is available on their website HERE

For more information and continuing updates on the discussion of Accessory Dwelling Units in the Town of Barnstable visit or Contact Elizabeth Jenkins, Director of Planning & Development, 508-862-4735,

Accessory units (also known as accessory apartments, guest apartments, in-law apartments, family apartments or secondary units) provide supplementary housing that can be integrated into existing single family neighborhoods to provide a typically lower priced housing alternative with little or no negative impact on the character of the neighborhood. Because the units are usually small, they are more affordable than full-size rentals. Learn more HERE

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