Concern over an influx of applications for high-density apartments, like this proposal for northern Main Street, has prompted town officials to try to seek a state-approved moratorium on requests for multifamily housing with ‘affordable’ units.
With multifamily developments sprouting on village sites of less than an acre, town officials are organizing to seek a moratorium on applications under the state affordable housing law, 8-30g.
“We had seen the occasional project come through,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti told the selectmen last week. “What we’ve seen in the last year is a real focus on Main Street.”
Under 8-30g, projects in which at least 30% of units meet the state’s affordability guidelines are exempt from most zoning rules, and towns can only turn them down on “health and safety” grounds.
Our concern is, we can’t consider the impact on the town. We can’t consider the impact on neighborhoods,” Ms. Mucchetti said.
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