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Friday, August 31, 2007

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40B Review Working Group forms

On Wednesday, August 22, the 40B Review Working Group met for the first time to review its mission and objectives. As noted last week, the group will be reviewing current Carlisle rules and regulations and coming up with a checklist of items needed before 40B applications can go forward. State law Chapter 40B allows a developer to bypass zoning regulations in towns such as Carlisle that have an insufficient amount of affordable housing. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and other boards review applications under the 40B rule to ensure other town regulations are enforced.

According to a document issued after the meeting, the goal of the working group is "to further maximize time efficiency and the quality of application review." Key concerns will be "addressing the need to minimize the town's financial exposure through this review process, streamlining town officials' (volunteers') time commitments and continuing the commitment to have clear expectations about the application and hearing process for Comprehensive Permit applicants while insuring the guaranteed health and safety for all stakeholders through the open meeting process."

The group will consist of two members of the BOS, two community members, and one current ZBA member. On August 25 the Board of Selectmen approved the formation of the group and appointed John Williams, Doug Stevenson, Cindy Nock, Steve Hinton, and Ed Rolfe. Nock and Hinton are former ZBA members who were on the board during the Coventry Woods 40B review. Rolfe will serve as chair with Williams as vice chair.

In a phone call last week, Rolfe noted he would like to see reviews after each 40B to make sure lessons learned are incorporated into the next round. He said the group intends to complete their work by Thanksgiving in anticipation of other 40B applications which may be coming forward soon.


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