The second Planning Board Zoning Amendment addresses an oversight created in 1999. In 1999 the Planning Board created a use in the definitions “Dwelling, One Unit With Accessory Apartment. However, this was never added to the use table. Over the years this has led to much confusion. Many have inquired about in-law apartments based upon the definition, only to be told we did not allow such uses.
The Planning Board is reviewing the definition and taking testimony on proposing to add this use to the use table.
To see if the Town of Dennis will amend the Dennis Zoning By-law by amending Section 5 Definitions by editing the Definition of DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT to clarify owner occupancy requirements and to amend Section 126.96.36.199 Residential Uses by adding a new subsection 188.8.131.52.k DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT.
Amend Section 5 Definitions by editing the Definition of DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT (Deletions Strikethrough, Additions Bold Italic) as follows:
DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT An owner-occupied building containing two (2) dwelling units, one (1) of which shall be an accessory apartment with a net floor living area not to exceed six hundred (600) square feet, which includes not more than one bedroom, a kitchen, living room and bath. For the purpose of this definition, either one unit shall be owner occupied on a year-round basis, except for bona fide temporary absences during which the owner occupied unit shall is not be rented. The apartment created by this definition shall be restricted to use by the property owner’s immediate family, including in-laws (mother, father, brother, sister), and/or a health care professional providing a service to the above family.
Amend Section 184.108.40.206 Residential Uses by adding a new subsection 220.127.116.11.k DWELLING, ONE UNIT WITH ACCESSORY APARTMENT.