Duxbury: Town meeting votes yes on accessory structure petition article

Duxbury annual town meeting met Tuesday night and voted in favor of a citizen’s petition article that amends the zoning by-law regulating the construction of accessory structures on single family house lots.

The article defines the structures to include buildings that are not dwelling units. Article proponent Jessica Williams said the planning board has been denying permits to build accessory structures, which adds up to costly appeals.

Williams said, “I think the planning board is fine with the idea that we just keep these appeals going because if it’s irritating enough, I think they would like you to just give up the idea of even having an accessory structure. It isn’t appropriate to treat Duxbury residents this way.”

Planning board chair Amy McNabb lashed out at the proponents saying most of them are financially motivated.

“To just go ahead and say it – sometimes not always done at town meeting – the majority of the proponents and supporters of the article are people that either have a potential of making money some way if it were it to pass, or that have a current zoning violation,” said McNabb.

An article submitted by the planning board that would have changed the language of the same by-law was indefinitely postponed.

Town meeting was able to finish up all the articles on the warrant Tuesday night.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.