Density Increase Proposed

TREMONT — A zoning amendment that would allow an accessory dwelling unit to be built on one-acre lots in some zones is headed to voter consideration at a town meeting.

The planning board Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve the amendment. The action came after a short public hearing on the zoning change, where the only comments were directed at clarifying the language in one of the sentences in the proposed amendment.

As proposed, the change allows one accessory dwelling – sometimes referred to as “mother-in-law” apartments – in all zones except the commercial fisheries/maritime activity zone and where the property is subject to resource protection.

Code enforcement officer Carl Young said the amendment is designed to bring the zoning ordinance in line with the town’s latest comprehensive plan, which voters adopted at the May 2011 town meeting.

The amendment defines an accessory dwelling as one that is “accessory, incidental and subordinate to the principal use or structure.” The accessory unit can not exceed 600 square feet of living space and is limited to one bedroom.

This increase in density for single-family homes would be allowed only if wastewater disposal systems meet town and state standards and the lot is one acre or more.

“If you don’t have an acre to start with, this doesn’t affect you,” Mr. Young said.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander