Curve Street: 12, 18-20


12 and 18-20 Curve Street is a 15,770 square foot site located in a Multi-Residence 2 zoning district. The Applicant, Myrtle Village LLC, is proposing to rehabilitate 12 Curve Street and 18-20 Curve Street and construct four additional attached units, for a total of seven units. The Applicant is seeking a Comprehensive Permit under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B. All seven units will be deed restricted: two units affordable to households earning below 85% of the area median income, two units affordable to households earning below 70% of area median income and two units affordable to households earning below 50% of area median income.

The links below were submitted as part of the application and provide an overview of the project. To view the full application, please contact Alexandra Ananth at 617.796.1121 or

      Application Packet, dated October 24, 2014
     Plan Set, dated October 24, 2014

The Project has applied for and received funding commitments, through the City, for federal HOME, Community Development Block Grants and local Community Preservation funds. More information on the funding request is available here:


The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend please send your written comments to Diane Vezeau at or mail to City of Newton, Inspectional Services Department, Attn: Diane Vezeau, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459 or deliver to Room 207.

Public Hearing Memo, dated November 21, 2014


Chapter 40B is a state statute 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 permits) in a public hearing setting. The State Housing Appeals Committee hears appeals for projects in communities that have less than 10 percent of their housing affordable to low-and moderate-income households.


A prerequisite to filing with the ZBA for a comprehensive permit is the issuance of  a Project Eligibility Letter from a subsidizing agency. The Sponsor has submitted a Project Eligibility Letter application to the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (the Subsidizing Agency). The City's response is available to view here: City of Newton Response to MHP. On September 26th, 2014 the Subsidizing Agency issued this Project Eligibility Letter. The Sponsor is now able to apply for a Comprehensive Permit. Subsequent decisions related to the Comprehensive application are within the sole purview of the Zoning Board of Appeals.


Chapter 40B Fact Sheet
Newton Zoning Board of Appeals Webpage
Newton Zoning Board of Appeals Comprehensive Permit Application Guidelines
Rules of the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals

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