Mashpee ADU Public Hearing
Time & Location
About The Event
This fall, the town is considering a way to make it easier for our young workforce and seniors to live in town by expanding the ability to create more year-round housing. But before voters can take it up at Fall Town Meeting (Save the Date: Oct. 21st at 7pm at Mashpee High School), it has to go through one more important step.
On Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:10pm, the Planning Board is holding a required Public Hearing on an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) bylaw. As written, it will allow more housing to be built for year-rounders without developing more land and overburdening our town. We need your voice to ensure the bylaw has a lot of support going into Town Meeting.
Will you attend as a resident of Mashpee and tell the Planning Board you support the bylaw as written? (See Article 26 on the warrant.) All you have to do is come and voice your support. *Note, this is a public meeting of town government, not a ticketed event. You DO NOT need to make any sort of reservation. However, filling out this form helps us gauge how many people we'll have supporting Article 26 and helps us keep in contact with you with reminders about Town Meeting. You can also write the Planning Board if you can't make it (but in-person is more powerful)
Why support Article 26?
Mashpee has a drastic shortage of 1-2 bedroom units that the backbone of our economy need in order to afford to live here. ADUs will increase the supply of available market rate units without developing more land, harming water quality, or ruining the character of our community.
At the same time, baby boomers are increasingly trying to age-in-place. Staying in the homes they’ve lived in for decades can be made easier by the addition of an ADU for them to house a CNA or relative to care for them, or just to rent to a young person who can keep an eye on them and supplement their retirement income.
What are ADUs?
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is more commonly referred to as an in-law suite, a garage apartment, or a carriage house. These units are part of the fabric of how Cape Cod was developed, but over time it's become more difficult to build and rent an ADU than a to build a similar addition and rent the home seasonally.