The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 2, 2010

Benfield Farms developer granted fee rebate

The Carlisle Affordable Housing Trust has $50,000 under its control for consultants and studies and, at its March 23 meeting, voted to reimburse the Benfield Farms developer, NOAH, for $6,935 expended on the planned South Street affordable housing development. This includes fees associated with filing the Notice of Intent to the Conservation Commission, a 53G account under the control of the commission for peer review, and the Zoning Board of Appeals application fee.

The Housing Trust members include the Board of Selectmen, one member of the Housing Authority and a Planning Board representative. Greg Peterson is a former Planning Board member and is serving as its representative.

Member Tim Hult addressed Housing Authority Chair Alan Lehotsky and said that at a previous Selectmen’s meeting two South Street residents, Alan Carpenito and Juergen Lemmermann, asked if a meeting could be arranged between the Benfield Farms abutters and the developer. Hult asked Lehotsky if it could be arranged. Lehotsky replied, “I hear it.”

Affordable Accessory Apartments

In other business, slow progress is being made to resolve differences between the deed restriction proposed by the Housing Authority and the Zoning Bylaw (see “Shorts from the Affordable Housing Trust, January 15,” Mosquito, January 23, 2009). Housing Authority Trust Chair John Williams said that the Planning Board has sent a memo to the Housing Authority documenting its concerns. Speaking to Lehotsky, Williams said that the Planning Board memo should be addressed. He also suggested that a meeting could be set up between the Housing Authority, the Planning Board and one of the two town residents who have expressed interest in establishing an Affordable Accessory Apartment. He specifically mentioned David Ziehler (Acton Street). Williams recommended that the Planning Board and the Housing Authority develop a document that can be reviewed by Town Counsel and then brought to the Board of Selectmen. ∆

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