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

The house is less than 200 square feet

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 22News 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 22News 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. 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.

She told 22News, she is not living in the house, but has the option to work out a short term plan to keep the house as an accessory shed.

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