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5.29.20 Salem Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Vote Tabled

Last night, the Salem by-right ADU Ordinance was before the City Council for a vote of first passage.   The ordinance recieved a considerable amount of public comment from Salem residents on both sides of the issue.  The ordinance also featured a substainal change from the language previously presented during the Public Hearing and what was reviewed by the Planning Board.

Only hours before the meeting the ordinance received an edit to add a mandatory cap on the amount of rent a property owner could charge for an ADU unit. This cap would be set at 75% of the HUD Fair Market Rent (used in calculations for voucher programs).  In exchange, the property owner would get a partial property tax exemption.  The property tax exemption had previously been offered only if the property owner opted to have the ADU be an Affordable Housing unit.  You can read the new language here.

Ultimately, the ordinance was tabled, moving the vote for first passage to the next City Council meeting.

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5.5.20 Salem Public Hearings Conclude

Yesterday, Public Hearings for the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance were concluded during a joint meeting of the Salem City Council and Planning Board.

The vote to conclude the Public Hearings moves the ordinances to the Planning Board for their recommendation.  The Planning Board may make recommendations for changes upon review of the ordinances.  Two possible changes that were discussed during the meeting were to require special permits for ADUs in new construction and the removal of R1 zones from the ADU ordinance.  NSAR will continue to monitor the ordinances as they move through the Planning Board and City Council.

NSAR had a letter of support for the ADU Ordinance read into the record by NSAR President Cynthia Nina-Soto at the first Public Hearing.

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5.1.20 Public Hearings Continue for ADUs and Inclusionary Zoning in Salem

On Monday, a joint meeting of the Salem City Council and Planning Board will meet at 7pm over Zoom to hear additional public comment on the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance and Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

This will mark the third public hearing for the ADU Ordinance and second for the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.  The Salem Planning Department is expected to deliver a presentation on the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

You can find the meeting agenda and Zoom link here.

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4.14.20 Salem Public Hearings Continue

 

Last night, the Salem City Council and Planning Board met jointly for another Public Hearing to discuss the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance and Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

Both issues were presented by the planning department. Councilors then asked questions before the meeting was opened for public comment.  No votes were taken on either ordinance.  Instead both Public Hearings will be continued on May 4th. 

This was the second time the ADU ordinance was open for public comment and the first time the public could voice comment concerning the Inclusionary Zoning ordinance.  A further presentation by the planning department about the Inclusionary Zoning ordinance is expected for the next public hearing.

 

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4.10.20 Continued Salem Public Hearings

On Monday, April 13th, Salem will hold a Public Hearing to receive public comment on both the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

The discussion of the ADU ordinance is a continuance from the Public Hearing that began on March 30th.  At that meeting, NSAR submitted a letter of support for the ordinance.  The Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, due to time constraints, was not opened for public comment at the prior meeting.

Monday’s Public Hearing with be conducted using Zoom.  You can find the login information here.

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3.31.20 Salem Holds Remote Public Hearing

Yesterday, a joint meeting of the Salem City Council and Planning Board was held remotely to receive public comment on both the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. The public was able to participate by a call in number, from Zoom teleconference, or by watching live on Salem Access Television. This is the first public hearing to be held in this manner.

The meeting centered on the ADU Ordinance. A presentation of informational material and what changes the ADU ordinance proposed was made by Tom Daniel and Amanda Chiancola of the Salem Planning Department.

During the public hearing NSAR delivered a letter of support for the ADU ordinance presented by 2020 NSAR President Cynthia Nina-Soto.

Public comment on the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance did not begin due to time constraints.  The public hearing will be continued in two weeks to give an opportunity for more public comment.

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