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Discussion of Proposal for Selectmen's Parcel and Warrant Article to Create Housing Trust
Form A- Oakwood Circle (David Chase)
8:00 PM Request to Extend Time of Completion for
8:15 PM Review of Zoning Articles-Preparation for Town Meeting
Ms. Murphy opened the public meeting at at the
RE: Jim O'Brien,
Jim O'Brien, Chairman of the Hingham
Mr. O'Brien summarized the goals of Town Meeting Article 21, to create the Hingham Affordable Housing Trust. Chapter 44, Section 55C of the Massachusetts General Laws permits cities and Towns to establish a Municipal Housing Trust with a vote of Town Meeting. The
1) a funded agency to concentrate exclusively on housing issues allowing for more cohesive and sustained long term planning and action,
2) the potential to react to market conditions by acquiring and disposing of property when it is advantageous, unencumbered by the Town Meeting schedule, and
3) an ongoing mechanism for securing and using State and federal funds, mitigation funds under the zoning by-law, or resulting from negotiations with developers, gifts, donations, and Community Preservation Committee funds if approved by Town meeting.
No funding for the Trust from the Town's operating or capital budget is being asked for in this article. Mr. O'Brien noted that he is expecting the Trust will be funded initially from the contribution made by the developers of
Ms. Murphy asked if the
Susan Murphy stated that it was very important that the Trust have a designated staff person to manage their various projects. Jim O'Brien said that the Trust will be set up so that funds can be used to pay for staff salaries.
Judy Sneath asked whether there would be conflicts between the Housing Trust, the Partnership and the CPC. Jim acknowledged that it would be very important to make sure that all of these entities worked smoothly together. He pointed out that the Trust may supercede the Partnership if successful.
Mr. O'Brien noted that one of the most important functions of a Trust would be to give the Town the flexibility to exercise their right of first refusal if 40B units became available for sale, and a qualified buyer was not located within the specified time frame.
Jim O'Brien quickly reviewed the proposal to develop housing at the Selectmen's parcel. At this point only two are under consideration: Affirmative Investments and South Shore Housing. SSH is proposing 40, Townhouse-style units in groups of two or three, with 70% of the houses below market and below cost, and 50% for households between 50%-80% of median income. A cash payment of $382,500 would go to the Town. SSH would further subsidize the project with state and federal grants and loans. Affirmative's proposal includes 38 units, with 10 units (26%) targeted towards people earning less than 80% of median income. Affirmative's proposal would be relying on a sizable subsidy from Community Preservation Act funds.
Mr. O'Brien said that the
The Board thanked Mr. O'Brien for his time.
This Form A divides a piece of land owned by David Chase on
It was moved, seconded, and SO VOTED, unanimously, by those present to endorse the Form A entitled, "Plan of Land Hingham Mass", dated
RE: Request to Extend Time of Completion for
Carl Erickson came before the Board on behalf of the Bristol Brothers, developers of the Fresh River Landing Subdivision off
It was moved, seconded, and SO VOTED, unanimously, by those present to approve the request "to extend the period for completion of the Fresh River Landing Subdivision to
RE: Review of Zoning Articles-Preparation for Town Meeting
Board members were joined by Mary Power of the Zoning Permit Study Committee for this discussion. Board members reviewed all of the articles, and identified the following assignments for presentations at Town Meeting.
Article 25 Changes to Site Plan Review: Susan Murphy
Article 26 Rezone Parcels on
Article 27 Definition of Structure:
Article 28 Enforcement: Susan Murphy and Bill Ramsey
Article 29 Changes to the FRD:
Article 30 Changes to the Parking By-Law:
Article 31 Changes to Requirements for Multi-Unit Developments: Gary and
Article 32 Changes to Non-Conforming Use By-Law: Judy Sneath and Mary Power
Article 33 Changes to Wireless By: Law: Judy Sneath and Selectmen
Ms. Murphy noted that because five of the articles were jointly sponsored by the
It was moved, seconded, and SO VOTED, unanimously, by those present to accept the minutes of
Ms. Lacy reported that the Zoning Administrator had notified her that at its meeting on March 15, 2007, the ZBA opened the Erickson application for the proposal to modify the existing Comprehensive Permit issued in September 2001 to add a parking deck in Neighborhood 3 and to add a single floor to Residential Building 3.2 (Formerly RB 3.4), maintaining the permitted 1750 units. While the Board did not formerly vote on this matter, or close the hearing, they did give an informal preliminary approval of the proposal, known as "Option A", with some conditions. Erickson asked that the ZBA inform the
Ms. Murphy responded that she did not feel that Site Plan Review would be required in association with the issuance of a Building Permit because the building was part of a Comprehensive Permit.
The meeting adjourned at