What Does Chapter 40B Mean?

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Today, we answer this emailed inquiry: 

How does the state's Chapter 40B affordable housing law affect Westborough?

State Department of Housing and Community Development spokesman Matthew Sheaff told Westborough Patch on Tuesday that Westborough has 9.3 percent of its total development units as subsidized housing inventory units.

The figures are as of May 10, 2012, according to a chart Sheaff provided to Westborough Patch.

The state's target for municipalities is 10 percent.

At that mark, "a developer could still put in for a 40B application," Sheaff said.

But if the zoning board of appeals denies the permit, "the developer would not have any standing at the housing appeals court," because the community has reached the 10 percent mark, he said.

After getting local zoning board of appeals approval, developers have 12 months to pull permits, Sheaff said. Developers then have 18 months to complete their project.


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