Taft Avenue 54


54 Taft Avenue is a 5,804 square foot site located in a Single Residence 3 district.  The Sponsor is proposing to rehabilitate the existing single-family home to create two affordable units, including one 3-bedroom unit affordable to households earning 80% of area median income and one 2-bedroom unit affordable to households earning 50% of area median income.  The Sponsor will be seeking permitting under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B.

Site and Architectural Plans


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 under the Local Initiative Program to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (the Subsidizing agency).  The Subsidizing agency has 30 days to render a decision.

Detailed Decision, Submitted to City Clerk's on 10/23/15
Zoning Board of Appeals, Public Hearing, September 29, 2015
Planning Department Memo, September 25, 2015


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