From the “We can learn from what others are doing” school of zoning….
Nantucket just finished with its Town Meeting. Needless to say they entertained a number of zoning amendments. Some mundane. Some intriguing.
Drawing from a more detailed zoning amendment, I found them adopting a definition of “owner occupied.” As I read it, I realized we do not define this term either, even though we make use of it in several sections of our zoning by-law.
Nantucket proposed the following:
“OWNER OCCUPIED The primary residence, or temporary (seasonal) residence, of a person(s) or the individual beneficiaries of a legal entity that holds title to the property, where such persons are physically present and living within dwelling units on said property for at least three months each calendar year. Properties owned by corporations and the like, time sharing interval dwelling units, or where all units are made available for rent do not qualify as owner occupied.”
It is a definition we could work with. It recognizes the seasonal nature of the use of housing in this area; the issue of interval ownership properties; properties in family trusts; and corporate owned properties. The length of owner occupancy may be a bit short, but it provides a starting point.
Let’s start the discussion.