Waltham Dinner Meeting Wed Feb 7th: ADUs: What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit and Where Can We Build Them?

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This presentation will walk us through a new members-only resource: Our Massachusetts ADU table. This table is a listing of every town and city ordinance on ADUs. We'll cover:

  • What is an accessory dwelling unit?
  • Which towns allow some kind of ADU?
  • Which towns require owner occupy vs. allow investment?
  • Do I need a special permit or zoning variance?

Attendees will leave knowing about our ADU resource as a starting point for making investment decisions and helping us to create more rental housing.

Are you a city or town official who would like to share your perspective on ADUs? Contact us for how to appear at this event.

picture of MassLandlords Executive Director Doug Quattrochi
MassLandlords Executive Director Doug Quattrochi
Here is a conventional residential structure with pitched roof, a front door and two front windows. Attached to the left side of it is a small addition with a hip roof and a second front door.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are being tried in many cities and towns. Some allow investors and no special permit. Derivative of Licensed 123rf.com.

Part of this presentation will be given by Doug Quattrochi, Executive Director, MassLandlords, Inc. Doug was a founding member of MassLandlords in 2013. He became the association's first Executive Director under new bylaws in 2014. Since then, he has scaled the organization from a core of 160 members in Worcester to approximately 2,500 dues paying businesses from Pittsfield to the Cape, and from an all-volunteer team to approximately 20 full and part-time staff plus 50 volunteers. Doug has been instrumental in advancing democratic governance mechanisms, including score voting for policy priorities and a staggered and democratically elected Board of Directors. Doug also oversees the RentHelper spin-off, which is expanding access to electronic banking for those of us who are unbanked or underbanked. Prior to MassLandlords, Doug held leadership roles in various Massachusetts startups, two of which are still operating. Doug holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"Doug's presentation was excellent. He was very clear and provided detailed explanations." -Larry

"Doug always holds very informative classes full of substance and Very organized!" -Thomas

"Your answers to member's questions were most helpful." -Liz

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Waltham Dinner Meeting - Wed February 7
ADUs: What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit and Where Can We Build Them?
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Wednesday, February 7th

Dinner Meeting Agenda


  • 5:30 pm Check-in and networking. Mix and mingle but don't be shy! Introduce yourself to someone and you might make a valuable local connection.
    • Networking draws from Waltham, Newton, Weston, Watertown, Wellesley, Wellesley Hills, Lincoln, Dover, Arlington, Belmont, and the western ends of Cambridge and Boston.
  • 6:15 pm Dinner
  • 6:45 pm Introductions and short business updates
  • 6:55 pm Presentation
  • 7:55 pm Presentation ends
  • 8:35 pm Doors close


Chateau Ruby Room
195 School St
Waltham, MA 02451


Two large lots are available for the Chateau opposite the building. Entrances are on School St and Exchange St. Please take care when crossing the road.


Plated banquet. Upon arrival, choose your meal and await service. Dietary requests may be placed at time of order.

  • Cash bar.
  • Garden salad.
  • The Chateau's famous Italian bread and butter.
  • Choice of three entrees included in the purchase price. At time of listing, these were
    • Chicken, broccoli and ziti.
    • Eggplant parmesan.
    • Baked scrod.
  • Mini chocolate chip cannoli.
  • Coffee and tea.

*Dietary restrictions: Purchase a ticket and set your preferences at My Account one week prior to the event or earlier. Once set, preferences remain set for future events.

Masks welcome! Eating and drinking is not required. Please note: as we are unable to monitor the buffet, we are unable to offer a reduced ticket price for attendees who will not be eating.


Open to the public. Membership is not required!

  • Door:
    • Public: $89
    • Members: $50
  • Early-bird, reserve seven days prior by 12pm:
    • Public:$79
    • Members:$40

This event will not be recorded.

Slides and handouts if any will be uploaded to Accessory Dwelling Units ADUs.

This event is operated by MassLandlords, Inc. staff.

This Dinner Meeting counts for continuing education credit for Certified Massachusetts Landlord Level Three. Beep in. Leave feedback/beep out.

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This is part of the Virtual rental real estate networking and training series.

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