04/06 Asking for tiny house forgiveness

Sarah Hastings in her Tiny house in Hadley, MA - photo by Carol Lollis

Sarah Hastings in her Tiny house in Hadley, MA – photo by Carol Lollis

A proposal to create a bylaw legalizing tiny houses will go before [Hadley, MA] Town Meeting May 5 with no recommendation from the Planning Board following a vote Tuesday evening.

The proposed legislation would allow for the type of 190-square-foot “backyard cottage” Sarah Hastings has already built on the East Street property of Ron and Donna Adams.

During the meeting, Hastings fielded questions from board members about greywater and unit size. Two Hadley residents also spoke to the legislation — one for and one against.

Board member Joseph Zgrodnik cast the only vote against the bylaw, saying Hastings had not followed the necessary steps to get it approved.

“You’re asking not for permission,” Zgrodnik said. “You’re asking for forgiveness, it seems.”

Read more – http://www.amherstbulletin.com/Home/-Tiny-house–proposal-goes-to-Hadley-Town-Meeting-with-no-recommendation-from-Planning-Board-1366262

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Elaine Walker