The Accessory Affordable Apartment Program (Section 9, Article II of the
Code of the Town of Barnstable) implements part of Barnstable's Affordable
Housing Plan. Since its beginning in 2000, the Program's main objective is to
use existing housing stock to provide affordable housing. The Program
allows creation of new accessory affordable units either in the dwelling or
within an existing detached structure on owner-occupied dwelling properties.
These affordable apartment units are subject to a Comprehensive Permit issued
by the Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing Officer. To date there are
approximately 140 accessory affordable apartment units.
Growth Management staff assists the property owner throughout the permitting
- Working with the property owner to determine if their property is
eligible for the program
- Guiding property owner to determine if their property is eligible for
- Assisting property owners, if they are eligible, with funding
application for eligible costs to upgrade an existing apartment converting
to an accessory affordable apartment.