Plans for Salem senior housing project reduced
The board has granted a conditional use permit allowing the houses to be within 30 feet of the 11-acre site’s property line. Under the town’s zoning regulations, a 50-foot buffer zone is required without the conditional use permit.
The revised plans presented this week addressed those two issues, cutting the number of units to 16 and putting a locked emergency gate preventing traffic onto Cromwell Court.
Under the town’s affordable housing guidelines, the developer would either have to set aside two units as affordable or pay into the town’s affordable housing trust fund.
O’Grady also voted against granting the conditional use permit for the setbacks, stating she would like to see the project redesigned to allow for the 50-foot setbacks.
Meisner also noted that the developer has already cut two units from what was originally planned for the project.
“We need a certain amount of density to make this infrastructure work,” he said.
The planning board will continue discussions on the project, including the affordable housing aspect, at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 8.
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