05/03 Community support needed Thursday to support tiny house in Hadley, MA

inside Sarah Hasting's tiny house

inside Sarah Hasting’s tiny house

Sarah Hastings is hoping Hadley Town Meeting voters will amend the town’s accessory apartments bylaw to include backyard cottages. If the bylaw passes, she and her tiny house could stay in town.

Voters will consider the proposal at the 7 p.m. meeting Thursday at Hopkins Academy.

Hastings has been living in her 190-square-foot house on an East Street parcel owned by Ron and Donna Adams since last year.

The Mount Holyoke College graduate built the home while a student in architecture studies.

The structure blends into the landscape behind the Adams’ house and overlooks acres of farmland.

In November, Building Inspector Timothy Neyhart issued violation notices to both Hastings and the Adamses. While allowing accessory apartments inside, the town’s current zoning laws do not allow separate dwelling units on a single lot.

In January, the Zoning Board of Appeals delayed enforcement of the order, giving Hastings the chance to bring a bylaw to Town Meeting.

Hastings said the bylaw amendment is not just for her, but would provide the opportunity for others to build similar structures. “It’s a great opportunity,” she said “to use it for affordable housing.”

Read more – http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/05/sarah_hastings_hoping_hadley_t.html

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Elaine Walker