ZBA Continues Deliberation on Johnson Farm Project
Supporters and opponents of the Johnson Farm plan can continue to listen to more public debate on July 31 when the Zoning Board of Appeals holds its next meeting to discuss the latest alternative plan.
Currently, a 58-unit townhouse plan has been proposed for development at 189 Landham Road, which was submitted to the ZBA in June.
At present the ZBA is working through its decision for a modified 56-unit project.
"I spent a bunch of time since our last meeting driving around viewing 40B locations," said Board member Benjamin Stevenson, showing a map he made to indicate where current affordable housing is distributed throughout Sudbury. "You have 20 percent of the community hosting 80 percent of the 40B locations."
Stevenson stressed that he feels that it would be better to distribute affordable housing more evenly throughout the town, so that no one neighborhood or area is burdened with more than its fair share.
"I think we're taking a hard left turn off that goal," he said.
Other Board members agreed that they would also rather see affordable housing more evenly distributed throughout Sudbury, but said state regulations and other factors often make that goal hard to achieve.
"I think many of us have struggled with this from the beginning," said member Jonathan G. Gossels. "The question becomes, 'What are our rights?'"
The Board's next meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road.
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