Friday, April 18, 2003
Correction: A good story bears repeating, but the BOA story that ran in last week's issue ("Nextel still looking for cell tower site") was old news, from April 2002. The intended report from the April 4, 2003 BOA meeting is below. We apologize.
Board of Appeals hears Lowell Street 40B housing plan
The Carlisle Board of Appeals (BOA) got a first look at the long-anticipated comprehensive permit application of Michael Kenny to develop the four-acre parcel of land at 302 Lowell Street, across from the transfer station. Chairman Terry Herndon recused himself as he lives within 300 feet of the proposed development. Board member Hal Sauer will chair these hearings.
The developer presented a letter of eligibility from the Massachusetts Housing Authority stating that this was a legitimate project and permission would be in effect for two years, limiting the development to ten units with not less than four units set aside for moderate income buyers. The project, presented to the board by the engineering firm of Stamski and McNary, was for four buildings with eight units, with only two set aside as affordable housing.
The town's Board of Appeals is the primary regulatory board for comprehensive permits for higher density housing than normally allowed. The BOA will ask the other town boards, including the Board of Health, Fire Department and Planning Board to submit concerns regarding the project. When a hearing is closed, the board must issue a decision within four days. If denied, the developer may appeal the BOA decision to the State Housing Appeals Committee.
As with all comprehensive permits, the developer must adhere to state law as regards Title 5 septic requirements, as well as the state's Wetland Protection Act. However, Carlisle's additional zoning regulations and wetland restrictions need not be followed. The state requires towns to maintain 10% affordable housing under the so-called Chapter 40B law. With very few affordable units in town, Carlisle is not in compliance with this law, and thus the state may allow these comprehensive permits.
The hearing was continued to April 17, when board members will have an opportunity to ask questions and continue the discussions.
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