October 15, 2021 Affordable Housing and “Safe Harbor” By Gregory T. Federspiel
With a 40B comprehensive permit application now before the Zoning Board of Appeals, the question has arisen whether the Town can claim a “safe harbor” from such an application and not allow the application to proceed. To answer this, one must dive into the details of state law regarding 40B projects and the rules governing the administration of a town’s Subsidized Housing Inventory or SHI.
40B Project Enters Permitting Phase By Gregory T. Federspiel
On September 27, 2021 Strategic Land Ventures (SLV) filed their application with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for a comprehensive permit for a proposed 136 unit apartment complex on Upper School Street on property across from Atwater Avenue known as Shingle Hill. The ZBA has scheduled their first public hearing on the project for October 26, within the required 30 days of receiving the application. The hearing will be held virtually over Zoom. The link can be found on the agenda posting for the meeting in the calendar section of the Town’s web site.
Two Big Issues Remain Front and Center By Gregory T. Federspiel
As a community we have been dealing with large issues that have generated a lot of interest and concern. Lots of opinions abound and the debates have turned contentious at times. Sharing different viewpoints and perspectives is healthy and ultimately can lead to better decisions if we all remember to keep the debate civil and avoid personal attacks. I am a firm believer in local decision making, despite how challenging it can become. I also hold firm to the notion that people can have honest disagreements on the best course of action without being disagreeable/accusatory toward each other.