City of Framingham Planning & Community Development Department

An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a self-contained housing unit, inclusive of sleeping, cooking, and sanitary facilities, on the same lot as a principal dwelling, that maintains a separate entrance and is subordinate in size to the principal dwelling unit. It is designed to maintain the appearance and character of the single-family residence and neighborhood. ADU’s can provide options for families that have a member who would like to live independently and privately but needs additional support or assistance.

ADU’s are allowed in zoning codes of various municipalities in Massachusetts such as the Town of Hudson, City of Newton, City of Lowell, Town of Lexington, Town of Needham, and others. Any construction related to an accessory dwelling unit would have to obtain a proper permit prior to construction and use, as well as having to meet all applicable codes including building codes, fire safety requirements, zoning (dimensional and parking) requirements, life safety, etc.

The City of Framingham Planning Board received a referral from the City Council on February 23, 2021 to review and recommend on the matter of drafting an Ordinance regarding ADUs, where one does not currently exist in the City Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Board is seeking public input and commentary to gauge public interest in adopting a zoning ordinance related to ADUs. The Planning Board will be hosting community discussions on the topic in addition to this survey.

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* 1. Should accessory dwelling units (ADU's) be allowed in the City of Framingham?

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* 2. If ADU's were available, how likely are you in the next 5 years to pursue living in a property with an ADU?

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* 3. If ADU's were to be allowed, what process should be required for the approval of an ADU?

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* 4. Should there be a restriction on the size of an accessory dwelling unit?

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* 5. Should the owner of a property with an ADU be required to live in the primary residence?

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* 6. Should there be a restriction on the location of the accessory dwelling unit?

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* 7. If allowed, should accessory dwelling units be required to provide additional, off-street parking?

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* 8. If ADU's were allowed in your neighborhood, how likely would you be to pursue constructing one within the next 3 years on your property?

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* 9. Please provide the Voting District where you reside. The Department will use this information to ensure we have responses from City of Framingham residents.

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* 10. Please provide any additional comments. We appreciate your time and would love to hear your thoughts.

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