Many housing projects, whether affordable or market rate, can face obstacles by objecting neighbors during permit review. Many zoning bylaws allow desired types of housing, but as a practical matter the threat of legal action and appeals can make these options difficult, expensive and unsure of a dependable outcome. Reducing the opportunity for opposition can increase the likelihood that projects will actually be built.
- Remove conditional use review for desirable land uses in village settings, including duplexes and multi-family dwellings, to avoid drawing out the local review process.
- Reduce permitting fees for affordable projects.
- Make certain uses, such as ADUs, or conversion of existing structures to multiple units exempt entirely from local zoning provided there is an affordability component. This can be done with the provision that they comply with dimensional or other requirements.