Vol. IV No. 18 9/1/2023
Key Notes from the Affordable Housing Trust (AHT), August 15, 2023, Hybrid
The playground at Pine Woods was discussed. There is $40,000 available — $10,000 from AHT funds and $30,000 from ARPA fund. Johanna Lenski proposed plans in the $100,000-200,000 range. They were rejected due to the budget constraint. Town Administrator Michael Canales will work with Pine Woods owners, Construct, inc. The owners will determine the location of the playground will decide a design within budget.
The AHT consultant, and Vice Chair Jan Ackerman overseeing the Housing Production Plan reviewed some of the results from the open community meeting.
There seemed to be a favorable view of broad zoning change. Patrick White, Select Board member and AHT member, suggested that incremental zoning changes are best to test results and minimize unintended consequences. There were comments wanting to have Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) by right. They are by right if in the extant house but will require a permit if an ADU is an external new build and may if converting a barn or garage or house addition.
White iterated his stand on alterations to preexisting nonconforming houses. If the proposed new house, renovation, or addition is no more nonconforming, White thinks it should be done by-right. However, whether it is or is not more nonconforming must be determined by the Building Inspector.
White anticipates approximately $2million in the AHT from the Residential Inclusionary Bylaw and AHT will decide how to spend it.
Chair Ranne Warner said she supported AHT purchasing land and building 40-50 houses — mixed affordable and work force or "missing middle" housing.
Lis Wheeler, AHT member, questioned if Stockbridge had such a parcel available and at a price that would allow reasonably priced housing.
Warner said 7 acres could accommodate 30 units. She also said she felt Pine Woods "was on its own" until it presents Town with evaluation of current condition, needs and costs.
Mark Mills wanted an investment in infrastructure.
Lis Wheeler wanted a whole community get-together. Member McCaela Donovan wanted younger voices in the decision-making process.
Ackerman said the HPP should be finished next month and give guidance.
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