The occupancy capacity of the little house at 110 Logtown Road, a one family unit which is limited by a generation-old town zoning bylaw to no more than "four unrelated occupants," comes up for discussion at a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing Thursday night.
The landlord and tenants are appealing a Notice of Violation, "Cease & Desist" order issued by Amherst Building Inspector Jon Thompson in mid-July. If the ZBA overrules the Building Inspector the proposal for a waiver of the 4 person limit will then proceed to the Planning Board as part of a Site Plan Approval.
At less than 1,250 square feet of finished space the house is kind of small for even four people, let alone the request for nine.
The main concern in a "college town" with increasing density per unit of housing is that it will result in "college aged youth" negatively impacting a residential neighborhood with loud noise, inappropriate activities children should not be exposed to, and general unsightliness with housekeeping bringing down property values.
But since these particular youth are involved with farming, the usual negative neighborhood fallout is probably not going to happen.
Still, that house is awful small for nine people.
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It would help of course if the building owner, Onesta Properties, had a better reputation.