Beacon Street, 1615


1615 Beacon Street is a 31,240 square foot site located in Waban, close at the northeast corner of Beacon Street and Windsor Road, with frontage on both streets.  The site is zoned Single Residence 2 and is currently improved with a historic house and former dental office.  1615 Beacon LLC (the applicant) is proposing to construct a 24-unit rental development on this lot. The applicant will be seeking permitting under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B, for a Comprehensive Permit from Newton’s Zoning Board of Appeals. The project includes 23 units in a new multi-family building and one unit in the existing historic house.  A total of six (6) of the 24 units will be affordable to households earning up to 80% of the area median income. The proposal includes a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. A total of 38 on-site parking spaces are proposed.   


The Zoning Board of Appeals held a Public Hearing on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

 Additional Information may also be found on the ZBA's webpage, click here. in the Chambers room 207, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, Massachusetts.

Planning and Development Department Memorandum - 11/10/2016

Application to Zoning Board of Appeals submitted 10/21/2016

Click Here to see the Project Eligibility Application

Click Here to see the Letter to the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)

Click Here to see the Determination of Project Eligibility from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)

Adverse Effect Letter from MHC


As a prerequisite to filling a full application with the ZBA for a Comprehensive Permit, the applicant must submit an application for Project Eligibility to a Subsidizing Agency. The Subsidizing Agency reviews the proposal and may issue a Project Eligibility Letter if in their determination the project is generally eligible under the Chapter 40B regulations found at 760 CMR 56.04. 

The applicant submitted an application to the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP, the Subsidizing Agency) in April, 2016.  The Planning Department compiled a letter addressing any comments and concerns with the project to MHP. MHP considers the comments prior to making a determination. 

A Project Eligibility Letter has been issued, now the applicant may apply for a Comprehensive Permit. Click here to see the Project Eligibility LetterSubsequent decisions related to the Comprehensive Permit application are within the purview of Newton’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

All interested parties will have additional opportunities to attend and/or comment at Zoning Board of Appeals public hearings.  Notice of the public hearing is provided to abutters within 300 feet of the project. Please direct any comments to



No public meeting are currently scheduled.



Chapter 40B is a State law that encourages the development of low- and moderate-income housing by providing a streamlined permitting process and relief from local zoning requirements. Also known as the Comprehensive Permit Law, Chapter 40B was enacted in 1969 to help address the shortage of affordable housing in Massachusetts.  The law requires that at least 20-25 percent of units in a development have long-term affordability restrictions. Under Chapter 40B, the local Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is the permit granting authority. The ZBA must review and make decisions (approve, approve with conditions, or deny Comprehensive Permit applications) in a public hearing setting.  


Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Chapter 40B Planning

Chapter 40B Fact Sheet

Newton Zoning Board of Appeals Webpage

Newton Zoning Board of Appeals Comprehensive Permit Application Guidelines

Comprehensive Permit Process Presentation (June 19, 2014)

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