The development would consist of fifty-five (55) new one bedroom rental apartments for low, moderate-income, and market rate elderly households and a replacement community center at 83-127 & 106-128 John F. Kennedy Circle, adjacent to the Jackson Gardens federal public housing development. Thirty-two (units) will be affordable to elderly households at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), ten (10) units will be offered to elderly households up to 99% of AMI, and thirteen (13) units will not have any income restrictions. The Sponsor will be seeking permitting under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B.
To view the CPA Proposal for this project please click here.
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 Application for Project Eligibility to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (the Subsidizing agency). The City's response is available to view here: City of Newton Response to DHCD.
The Newton Housing Authority has applied to the Land Use Committee of the City Council to amend the previous Special Permit and Site Plan for Jackson Gardens (Special Permit #515-61) to create a parcel for a future affordable housing development, to create additional parking stalls, and to waive certain zoning requirements for the new parking stalls. Please see below a link with the application, zoning review, proposed plans, and public hearing memorandum. The proposed affordable housing development will be submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals as a Comprehensive Permit at a later date.
The special permit amendment petition will be heard Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber - Public Hearing Memorandum