ADUs are an important tool that will enable us to quickly add year-round rental housing.
Making ADUs easier for homeowners to build could yield up to 1,000 new units in just a few years when larger housing developments take 5, 10, or even 15 years to permit and build.
However, for years many towns on Cape Cod prohibited building ADUs. Governor Baker’s Housing Choice legislation made it easier for towns to pass updated bylaws to allow ADUs, and most towns have done so. The towns of Falmouth and Brewster have had promising success with early efforts to promote ADU construction after the new bylaws passed, with new permits approved for 21 and 26 ADUs respectively. That’s a significant number of new units added to town inventory quickly and at no cost to taxpayers.