Why can’t we use Accessory Dwelling Units to comply?

The law specifically states that there can be no limitations on unit size. Accessory Dwelling Units, also called Accessory apartments or In-law apartments are size limited based on the size of the primary dwelling. Because of these size limitations they are not eligible to use to comply with the law.

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1. What is the MBTA Communities law (3A)?
2. What does this mean for Reading specifically?
3. How did the state calculate our requirements?
4. Do we currently comply with the law?
5. Why should we comply?
6. By-right Development & Site Plan Review
7. What are Reading’s existing housing goals?
8. How does compliance work?
9. Why can’t we use Accessory Dwelling Units to comply?
10. Can we just zone over existing apartment complexes?
11. Where are we in the process?
12. Survey Results
13. Materials from our Knowledge Series held Fall 2023
14. Materials from our Public Hearings held Dec 2023 - Feb 2024
15. I’m concerned about the impacts of future construction
16. Historic Properties
17. When do we have to build units?
18. What happens after the new zoning is adopted by Town Meeting?
19. This is the first I’m hearing of this; how have you been informing the public?
20. General Zoning Considerations & Definitions
21. Helpful Studies and Links
22. Local Data, Resources, and Documents