Rowe Street, 70

70 Rowe Street is a 124,195 square foot site located in Auburndale. The site is zoned Business District 2. Dinosaur Capital Partners LLC (the Applicant) is proposing to construct a 150-unit rental development on this lot. The Applicant will be seeking permitting under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B. The building is proposed as four stories with an approximate FAR of 1.28. A total of 30 of the 150 units will be  affordable to households earning below 50% of the area median income. The proposal includes a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. A total of 190 on-site parking spaces are proposed, most of which  in a partially underground parking structure.   

The Zoning Board of Appeals has accepted the petitioners request to withdrawal. See official withdrawal letter here

 Questions or comments can be sent to or mailed to the Planning Department, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton 02459 Attn: Adrianna Henriquez.  Additional Information may also be found on the ZBA's webpage, click here.

Developer's Extension letter to ZBA, October 19, 2015
Developer's Presentation to ZBA, October 1, 2015
Supplemental Memo from Applicant to ZBA, August 19, 2015
Public Hearing Memo, dated August 20, 2015
Public Hearing Memo, dated December 12, 2014
Public Hearing Memo, dated November 26, 2014
Community Meeting Presentation dated January 29, 2015


Click here to view an Amendment to the Application for Chapter 40B Project Eligibility Letter to Massachusetts Housing Partnership, submitted by the Applicant on October 10, 2014. 

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.  

Comprehensive Permit Application and Supplements
Cover through Section 12
Appendix_Environmental Study Phase I & II_ Part 1
Appendix_Environmental Study Phase I & II_ Part 2
Appendix_Storm Water Report
Appendix_Traffic Impact and Traffic Study
Design Drawings


As a prerequisite to filling a full application with the ZBA for a Comprehensive Permit, the Applicant must submit a Project Eligibility Application to a Subsidizing Agency. The Subsidizing Agency will review 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 (the Subsidizing Agency) on July 11, 2014. The City provided its comments and comments received from residents to the Subsidizing Agency on August 11, 2014.  
The Massachusetts Housing Partnership will consider comments prior to making a determination. If a Project Eligibility Letter is issued, the Applicant may then apply for a Comprehensive Permit. Subsequent decisions related to the Comprehensive Permit application are within the sole purview of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“70 Rowe Street” Project Eligibility Letter Application Part 1
“70 Rowe Street” Project Eligibility Letter Application Part 2
“70 Rowe Street” Project Eligibility Letter Application Part 3
“70 Rowe Street” Project Eligibility Letter Application Part 4

Notification to City of Newton of Proposal from Massachusetts Housing Partnership 

City's Comments on Project Eligibility

Resident Comments on Project Eligibility


The City provided comments received from residents on Project Eligibility to the Masschusetts Housing Partnership on August 11, 2014. Residents can continue to provide comments to:

If the Massachusetts Housing Partnership determines the site is eligible for housing, all interested parties will have additional opportunities to attend and/or comment at Zoning Board of Appeals public hearings.  Advance notice is provided for all public hearings.







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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