47 Goddard Street is a 23,797 square foot vacant lot proximate to the Needham Street Corridor and Newton Upper Falls village. The site is zoned Single Residence 3. The applicant is proposing to develop a five dwelling unit homeownership development on the lot. Of the four structures being proposed, the applicant is proposing that the three detached dwelling units be fee simple ownership and the remaining structure, which is design to resemble a single family dwelling and fronts on Goddard Street, will contain two condominium units. Each of the proposed dwelling units will have four-bedrooms and an attached parking garage. A total of two of the five dwelling units proposed (or 40%) will be affordable units, serving households up to 80% of the area median income. To permit this development, the applicant will be seeking permitting under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B.
The links below were submitted as part of the application and provide an overview of the project.
The public hearing was closed on 10/22/15. The project was approved 3-2 with modifications and conditions. A detailed decision will be filed within 40 days.
Planning Department Memo to ZBA 10-16-15
Planning Department Memo to ZBA 8-20-15
Application, received December 9, 2014
Architectural Plan Set, dated September 2, 2014
Landscape Plan, dated July 25, 2014
Civil Plan Set, dated July 25, 2014
CHAPTER 40B / COMPREHENSIVE PERMIT
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 filling 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 December 8, 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 Permit application are within the sole purview of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
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
Rules of the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals