The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 25, 2008


Susan Stamps

Housing Authority

Five-year term

I have lived in Carlisle for over 30 years and raised my children here. I am an attorney with a family law practice in Concord and have served in numerous volunteer positions in town over the years. I served on the Personnel Board for ten years, during which we developed the current wage and classification plan for town employees. I have been on town administrator search committees and participated in police contract negotiations for the town. I have served on the Carlisle Housing Authority for the past three years and would like to continue my service for another term on this important board. The Housing Authority is the leader in the town’s efforts to comply with state requirements for affordable housing. It is important for the town to act proactively to save the town from developers who can override our zoning laws, and at long last we are doing that with the town’s first project – 26 units of affordable senior rental housing on the Benfield property. Being an attorney and trained mediator helps me to understand and explain legal issues involved in housing authority activities and to communicate productively with groups affected by the housing authority’s activities. The town, through the Housing Authority, faces many challenges ahead in choosing town-controlled affordable housing development over profit-driven projects by outside developers who are not necessarily concerned with the town’s best interests. I would like to continue to help the town with these critical challenges ahead.

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