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Mills River seeks input on multifamily housing

The Mills River Planning Board wants to know what residents think about higher density housing.

The Planning Board has spent the past year studying what is allowed in the current Mills River code in residential development and what needs may be out there for housing. The current Mills River code requires a minimum of 30,000 square feet (three quarters of an acre) per dwelling town-wide. Mobile home parks can be permitted at six units to an acre. Multifamily developments must apply for a special permit with a maximum density of four units to an acre.
"The Planning Board has been trying to anticipate for Council areas of growth and development within Mills River," Planning Board Chair Jim Humphrey said in a news release. "In our recent studies, we have heard from some town organizations and individuals concerned that we may not have as many residential options as needed for our community. Those sentiments have been shared with us both by our young professionals starting out and by some of our long-time residents who would like to stay in this community, but make a move to a nice residence without the maintenance required of a large home and large lot. "
The drop-in workshops will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 1-4 p.m. Thursday, May 15, and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Mills River Town Hall. Information about housing in Mills River will be on display and residents may offer feedback. Materials will also be available online at