I am currently house hunting in Massachusetts. One problem that I have is that some of the properties have houses that are either too small or else are not configured with a kind of space I need to house my library, so I may want to build an addition for that purpose.
Assuming that the lot is large enough (over an acre) with plenty of frontage and setbacks, am I safe in assuming I should be able to get town approval to do that, or could I still run into zoning problems?
(I realize I could answer this by reading zoning laws, but I don't have the time to read the zoning laws for 20 different towns.)
My question basically is: are there towns in Massachusetts that are so uptight that they will block additions, no matter how big the lot is; or will I be more or less immune to that kind of problem, as long as I have a big enough lot?
In the way of researching this question, I did try to read some of the ginormous zoning rules of Lincoln, which is one of the snootiest and most restrictive towns in Mass, on the theory that if I can build there, I can build anywhere. The worst restriction I could find was that any addition that would make the gross square footage over 6,500 square feet requires planning board approval, so as long as I stay under that limit, I need no approval, as far as I could see. Is this kind of thing going to be the worst case scenario, or will I find towns with you-must-get-approval-to-build-a-doghouse type regulations?