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Bethel Zoning Commission considers easing review of accessory apartments

The Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission has held a hearing on a proposed amendment to make it easier for residents to build accessory apartments.  So-called in-law flats currently require a special permit.  The proposed zoning regulation would allow for a living space rented by someone who is not the property owner by zoning permit.  Backers say this would speed up and simplify the process because of less review.  If a proposed accessory dwelling exceeds 900 square feet or modification of parking requirements, the Commission would have to review the proposal.  The hearing was closed and the Commission's next meeting is tonight at 7pm.