The Board of Selectmen “strongly objected” a developer’s request to change zoning for his five-unit Chapter 40B condo complex in a letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Monday, marking the latest chapter of the controversial development project at 65 Washington St.
According to the letter, developer Michael J. Connolly sought to modify the comprehensive permit for his project to create two single-family residences on separate lots, thus making three legal lots altogether. Currently, the project is within a 15,000 square foot single-residence district.
The board contends in the letter, signed by Board of Selectmen Chair Katherine L. Babson, that Connolly relied on the provisions of Chapter 40B to obtain “substantial relief in the form of a comprehensive permit for a five-unit project, which is well in excess of the number of single-family residences allowed on that site under the Town’s Zoning Bylaws.”
“To now argue for further relief in the form of the creation of multiple single-family lots is a blatant abuse of the provisions of Chapter 40B,” the letter stated.
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