Hearing on Braintree Square development on hold

Patriot Ledger | By Fred Hanson
March 13, 2-17

BRAINTREE – The town’s appeals board will submit to state housing officials an analysis showing that the town now meets its goal for affordable housing.

The decision Monday night came on what was to be the opening night of the board’s hearing on a proposed 78-unit housing complex in Braintree Square. The developer, The Holland Companies of Boston, has sought a comprehensive permit under Chapter 40B for the development.

The board also voted to continue the hearing. But with the town having reached the affordable-housing goal, the board can modify or reject the proposal without the developer being able to appeal the decision to the state. The next hearing session is set for May 15.

The analysis done by the town’s Planning and Community Development Department shows that 1.9 percent of the town’s available land area is used for affordable housing, more than the 1.5 percent state-set minimum for being exempt from Chapter 40B applications.

“If you reach the minimum, the town has complete control of Chapter 40B applications,” said Barbara St. Andre, a lawyer representing the appeals board.

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