Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Concern over S.100 unfounded

Regarding John Moyers’ editorial of March 23: He described an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in Bristol that was 2,400 square feet and larger than the main house. He feared that Senate Bill 100 would allow such buildings with no more oversight than that which would be required for a single-family house. But the bill also defines an ADU as “a distinct unit that is clearly subordinate to a single-family dwelling … and does not exceed 30 percent of the total habitable floor area of the single-family dwelling or 900 square feet, whichever is greater.” The Bristol zoning code says that an ADU shall not exceed “the greater of 30 percent of the total habitable floor area of the single-family dwelling or 1,000 sq. ft.”

So even if S100 passes, an ADU that’s bigger than the main house would not get an automatic green light in Bristol or anywhere else. If Bristol approved this gigantic ADU, they were not complying with their own zoning.

Chris Robbins

Middlebury

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