Most meetings in Truro are remote. Go to truro-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch. The agenda includes instructions on how to join.
Thursday, March 9
- Finance Committee, 8:30 a.m.
- Commission on Disabilities, 4:15 p.m.
- Housing Authority, 4:15 p.m.
Monday, March 13
- Energy Committee, 4:30 p.m.
- Bike and Walkways Committee, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14
- Select Board, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15
- Cemetery Commission, 9 a.m., Town Hall
A Duplex Bylaw Amendment
A draft article for town meeting submitted by the planning board proposes to amend the town’s zoning bylaws on duplex-style homes.
“The intent of this article is to add to the year-round rental stock by making building or redevelopment of duplexes more feasible,” the draft states.
The proposed bylaw change would make the construction of duplexes legal by right rather than only through a special permit from the zoning board of appeals. It also aims to decrease the minimum lot size for a duplex from one acre to .775 acres, which is the minimum lot size for residential construction in Truro.
The amendment would require that one of the two units have a 12-month lease. The other would have to either be occupied by the owner or also be rented out for no less than eight months.
The article states it is based on feedback from the public, town staff, the Truro Housing Authority, and the town’s housing consultant.
In December, housing consultant Jenn Goldson said that Truro will need an additional 260 year-round housing units by 2035. She recommended that this consist of 175 units for rent and 85 units for ownership.
Select board Vice Chair Bob Weinstein said at the board’s March 7 meeting that “this is another tool to help the town’s housing dilemma.” —Sophie Mann-Shafir