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Friday, April 27, 2007

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ZBA Grants Permit for Coventry Woods 40B

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) granted the applicant, MCO Associates/Mark O’Hagan, a special permit to build the proposed Coventry Woods 40B subdivision on the 22.6 acre parcel off Concord Street. In its nearly 60 page decision, the ZBA stipulated the dozens of conditions in hopes of preserving the health and safety of the abutters as well as the town, a few of which are highlighted below:
  • The subdivision may not contain more than 30 units (down from 56, 48, and 41 proposed units)
  • The applicant must install three shallow overburden monitoring wells ("soldier wells") between soil absorption area "C" (a large septic system on the project plan) and the southern property line. These wells function as the proverbial canary in the mine to catch water quality problems early, before nearby abutter wells are affected
  • Per the "Well Monitoring Plan and Protocol," water quality samples will be collected and tested from each abutting residence before blasting begins. If the post-blasting test results exceed the previous, pre-blasting test results by a "statistically significant" margin, the applicant is required to restore the abutters previous, original water quality at the applicant's expense
  • The protective buffer surrounding the development must be 100 feet. On the southern boundary, which abuts conservation land, the buffer will be 40 feet.
Furthermore, Mass Housing denied the ZBA’s request of April 23 to rescind the applicant's project eligibility letter based on Mass Housing's recent precedent-setting rescission of the project eligibility letter of the Pine Woods 40B project in Sharon, Massachusetts, based on a discrepancy between site acquisition costs purported in the applicant's pro forma and the actual appraised value of the land. The value of the Coventry Woods' parcel was valued at $1.6 million by a recent appraisal but the applicant stated the site acquisition cost was $3 million, a difference that could considerably raise the cost and subsequent profit margin for the applicant.

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