Tiny house resident lost bid for zone change, but has options

(Photo: WWLP)

HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – During the Hadley Town Meeting on Thursday, residents voted down an amendment to current zoning bylaws that would have allowed Sarah Hastings to keep a one-room house on East Street, but this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of her effort.

Hastings told News 8’s sister station WWLP that 102 voters supported the bylaw and 215 were against it.

The house is less than 200 square feet, and sits on the property of another larger home. The town asked Hastings to create a new bylaw that would allow a small cottage. She explained it to WWLP minutes before it was rejected.

“It just adds the category of detached apartments,” Hastings said. “So a single family owner occupied home, can either have an interior accessory apartment or a detached backyard cottage.”

Back in January, the town told Hastings that if her proposal failed, she’d have to move out by May 6, but Hastings says that she now isn’t necessarily on a deadline; the town is offering her time to find a new place, and she may continue to live in the house in the meantime.

Further, Hastings said that she can re-define the tiny house structure to fit town building codes, such as classifying it as a shed or a workshop.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s