NH Governor signs new zoning law

Legislation requested by the NH Home Builders to open up zoning ordinances
which prohibit or restrict accessory dwelling units has been signed by the
Governor and is now chaptered law.

For a number of years, builders and remodelers were increasingly frustrated
by zoning that seeks to discourage the addition of a small apartment on an
existing or newly built home. These apartments are often for care-givers for
the sick or elderly, or for college grads with high college debt that need
some financial assistance as they start their careers. Many other lifestyle
situations exist that are best served by the privacy and affordability of an
accessory dwelling unit.

In her announcement, the Governor said, “By requiring municipalities to
allow one attached accessory dwelling unit to single-family homes in zones
that allow those homes and establishing other important requirements for
local regulation of these units, this bipartisan bill will help increase
affordable housing options, helping to meet workforce demands and allowing
more of our older citizens to live independently in their communities.” She
went on to say “I am proud to sign this important bill to increase safe and
affordable housing options into law.”

For a list of all legislation being followed by the NHHBA Government Affairs Committee please click here.