The town received notice form Department of Housing and Community Development that DHCD acknowledges that the Town of Medfield is in a safe harbor with respect to G. L. c. 40B for the next year. That mailing appears below. 20180618-DHCD-ltr from-HPP Cert Medfield 2018
Barbara Thompson Gips and Dick Scullary put together the survey of Medfield seniors commissioned to get an accurate determination of precisely what types of housing that group really wanted and would be willing to buy. The survey was mailed to all households in town with a senior in residence (ca. 2,000). Today Barbara reports that the survey had a great response rate, and that the data should be available soon:
- 697 Medfield household completed the survey, a response rate of 32%.
- she should be getting survey data from the town’s consultant next week
- she should have something for the sub-committee handling the survey within two weeks after that.
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) sent the town a letter, received today (a copy of the letter appears below), approving Matt Borrelli’s Local Initiative Program (LIP) the Board of Selectmen approved at 80 North Meadows Road, called Hillside Village. It is to be located built into the steep slope to the left of the Godard School, on the same lot as the school and sharing the existing entrances and exits.
The sixteen units of Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) produced by this LIP, when combined with the eight units of SHI from Bob Borrelli’s LIP at 71 North Street, next to his already open LIP at 67 North Street, will give the town another year of safe harbor from unfriendly 40B projects.
The Affordable Housing Trust Committee continues to do an effective job of lining up enough Subsidized Housing Inventory units each year to keep us in a safe harbor.
Developer John Kelly has been vetting his 40B proposals for his Dale Street and Rte. 27 site with the neighbors, and he will present his latest iteration (copy attached below) to the Affordable Housing Trust next Tuesday – 36 units (12 sale and 24 rental), and nothing on the cemetery side of Rte. 27.
Per Mr. Kelly: “this design has the entrance to both the sale and rental element is from N. Meadows, with emergency ingress/egress from Joseph Pace Rd. Otherwise, the plan is quite similar.”
The town is currently in a 40B safe harbor, that precludes unfriendly 40B projects, through this spring, but has enough Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) units lined between the two approved and pending LIP’s to provide the town another year of safe harbor. The approved LIP’s are Bob Borrelli’s North Street 8 units next to his current 8 unit LIP and the other Borrelli’s 16 units rental LIP next to the Goddard School. If the Tilden Village expansion or the Lot 3 housing proceed, either one of those could provide two years of additional safe harbor, as the town needs to permit and build 21 SHI per year to stay in our safe harbor status.
Given the town’s safe harbor status, for Mr. Kelly’s proposed 40B to be able to proceed, it must be endorsed by the town.
The Affordable Housing Trust is meeting 1/9 at 6:30 PM at the Public Safety Building to discuss both
- the status of the Tilden Village expansion, and
- John Kelly’s latest proposal.
The agenda is below.