Friday, November 17, 2006
Planning Board considers the subdivision with no name (aka Wilkins Hill)
Stamski and McNary engineer George Dimakarakos and developer partner Robert West attended the November 13 Planning Board meeting to continue the informal discussion of the proposed subdivision off Route 225. (See Mosquito issue of October 27, 2006). Dimakarakos explained that the developer is Wilkins Hill, LLC, but the subdivision name has not been selected. He said that subsequent plans to be presented to the board will indicate the subdivision name and suggestions for the two subdivision roads.
Conceptual plans show one road entering Route 225 at the Cross Street intersection and the other entering Route 225 near the house lot at 546 Westford Street. These locations would require waivers from the Planning Board for permitted grade at the road cuts onto Route 225.
Different road layouts considered
As alternatives to the presently proposed subdivision road locations Demakarakos showed results of an early topographic survey if a subdivision road entered at the end of Virginia Farme Lane. The study indicated a need for 14-foot retaining walls along with significant wetlands impact. He said, "It is possible but impractical and would require a waiver." A subdivision road requires 50-foot right-of-way and only a 40-foot right-of-way is available onto Virginia Farme Lane.
The other alternative, a subdivision road entry opposite Acton Street, was equivalently unattractive although it could afford the developer one additional lot because of "creation" of additional frontage. Poor sightlines because of the curve on Route 225 and the impact on wetlands recommend against this option.
Moving to a different topic, board chair David Freedman said, "The proposed 35 houses in this development will add 3.5 units to Carlisle's deficit in affordable housing [as mandated by Chapter 40B]." He asked if it is possible that some of these units will qualify as affordable. Robert West replied: "We can certainly visit thatlet us look at that avenue."
The Chapter 40B state statute mandates that a minimum of 10% of housing in every city and town must be "affordable." Every time a developer builds housing, it increases the total number of affordable units the town must provide to meet the state mandate. Affordable housing must be restricted to households earning no more than 80% of the area median income.
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