The Salem City Council and Planning Board held a joint public hearing on Monday, July 8th at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at 93 Washington Street to listen to input regarding accessory dwelling units. There is still time to provide input as the joint public hearing was continued to August 15, 2019 at 7pm.
After the joint public hearing is closed, the Planning Board will make a recommendation to the City Council, and at a subsequent meeting the City Council will vote on whether or not to adopt updated requirements.
The City of Salem allows accessory dwelling units. However, only family members or caretakers of the owner of a home may live in an accessory unit. Updating the requirements to allow for flexibility is a top priority of the City of Salem Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board because this type of unit provides an opportunity to increase the supply of moderately priced rental units in Salem.
The Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board has spent several meetings working with staff to develop appropriate regulations for accessory units in Salem. Likewise, there have been three community meetings in which an update to the accessory dwelling unit requirements were discussed which ultimately demonstrated there is support for updating the requirements.
To learn more including the proposed ordinance and to view the presentation from the July 8th Joint Public Hearing click here.