John Kelly’s Medfield Meadows went from being the Mega-B to being the most recent, welcomed Local Initiative Program (LIP), that gives the Town of Medfield another year of safe harbor from unfriendly 40B’s per the notice received this week from the Department of Housing and Community Development (copy attached below). Our affordable housing – Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) – #s have increased from about 4.5% when we finally woke up, to 8.29% today including Medfield Meadows. If the planned Rosebay on Pound Street and the Mayrock development at the Legion site are permitted, we will be very close to the 10% permanent protection threshold. However, those threshold numbers will adjust upwards based on the 2020 census’ number of housing units in town, so we will need even more SHI to stay fully protected.
Kudos to the Affordable Housing Trust for shepherding the town to a place of safety.
This is great news for the town Pete-to be able to get out from under the “blackmail” threat of unfriendly 40B developers will be such a bonus for Medfield and her future
Thanks Pete! You mentioned Rosebay permitting. Is there a current update on the status? A few neighbors have been asking but I haven’t seen anything come across on the town site. Thank you.
Patti, I am not aware of the current actual status, and would suggest you check with Sarah Raposa, as the next official step is a filing with the Zoning Board of Appeals for the comprehensive permit. However, I do believe that there is an ad hoc group that includes select board member Mike Marcucci that is meeting with the developer to try to scale back the mass of the proposal.
Thanks Pete! I’ve emailed Ms. Raposa. Appreciate the info.