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3.27.20 Public Hearing on Salem's ADU and Inclusionary Zoning Ordinances

On Monday, March 20th, the Salem City Council will hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board to discuss both the Accessory Dwelling Ordinance and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance.

You can find an overview of the ADU Ordinance here and the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance here.

This public hearing will be held remotely through Zoom and by call in due to public health measures surrounding COVID-19.  Salem is utilizing remote meetings during the State of Emergency in accordance to Governor Baker’s recent executive order concerning Open Meeting Law. Log in information for the meeting can be found on the meeting’s agenda.

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3.13.20 2020 Census is Here!

Today, the 2020 National Census is available for households to complete online.

The National Association of REALTORS® encourages all its members to take part and be counted.  All answers to the Census are kept strictly confidential and information gathered is used only to produce statistics.  Those statistics help determine Congressional representation and where 1.5 trillion dollars in federal funding is spent.  The Census is also used extensively in research, including most of the research projects NAR publishes on housing.

The National Association of REALTORS® is a proud partner of the National Census Bureau.  You can take the Census online here.

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3.11.20 Haverhill Holds Public Commit on Reducing Lot Sizes

Tonight, Haverhill will hold public comment for a zoning change that would reduce the minimum lot area in residential rural areas from 80,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet.

The change is designed to reverse a decision made around 2000 to slow housing growth by having larger lot sizes.  Reducing the lot sizes to increase housing growth is in line with the adopted Haverhill Vision 2035 Master Plan.

The Haverhill Planning Board will meet tonight at 7pm in the City Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

You can read more about the proposed change here.

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3.11.20 Peabody 'Friendly' 40B Goes to Zoning

The Residences at Farm Avenue is a proposed rental development in Peabody utilizing Chapter 40B.  Mayor Ted Bettencourt has stated that “the city of Peabody is very pleased to support the multifamily residential rental development known as The Residences at Farm Avenue.”

The development has secured a project eligibility letter from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and is seeking a comprehensive permit from the city.

The Residences at Farm Avenue would have 116 rental apartments in total with a mix of one, two, three-bedroom units.  Six units would be accessible to those with disabilities and 25% of the project would be Affordable Housing at 80% of Area Median Income.  Because 25% of the units are Affordable Housing all 116 of the units would count towards Peabody's Subsidized Housing Inventory.

You can learn more about the proposed project here.

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3.11.20 Demolition Delay Draft at Upcoming Wenham Town Meeting

Wenham has a proposed Demolition Delay Bylaw by the Historical Commission on the warrant for the upcoming Town Meeting on April 4th.  You can find a draft of the bylaw here.

The proposal would impact structures built in 1875 or earlier.  If the structure is determined by the Historical Commission to be a ‘significant building’ and preferably preserved then there would be a 6 month waiting period before a demolition permit could be issued.

Wenham does not currently have a demolition delay in their zoning bylaws.

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3.10.20 Beverly to Gather Input for Preservation Plan

The City of Beverly is undertaking a Preservation Plan, with funding from the Community Preservation Act and a Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey and Planning Grant. This is a separate process from the Master Plan. 

A series of Community Workshops to discuss Beverly's historic resources and approach to historic preservation will be taking place next week:

Tuesday, March 17
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Beverly City Hall - Council Chamber
191 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Wednesday, March 18   
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Beverly Farms Library - Conrad Room
24 Vine Street, Beverly, MA

Thursday, March 19 
7:00 - 8:30 PM
North Beverly Elementary School
48 Putnam Street, Beverly, MA

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