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Redding opts out of state law on accessory dwellings

The Redding Board of Selectmen has voted to opt out of a state law on accessory dwellings or so-called granny pods.  During the Board's meeting earlier this month, First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton said that Redding's zoning regulations already permit accessory dwellings of 800 square feet and there is discussion of increase that to 1,000 square feet.  If Redding didn't opt out, which is allowed under the law, Pemberton noted that applicants wouldn't be subject to a public hearing.  She says that deprives the public of the right to be heard on an application and removes local permitting by the Zoning Commission.  The state requirements for parking for accessory and multifamily dwellings would be as-of-right while Redding currently requires slightly more parking for accessory and multifamily dwellings.  By opting out, Pemberton says Redding will maintain local control rather than the state's one-size-fits-all mandate.  Redding has already created two incentive housing zones that include incentives for private development of affordable housing in Georgetown where public sewer and water can support higher density.  

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