The Board of Selectmen began the process of meeting the demand and encouraging greater diversity in Weston’s housing stock by pursuing a Housing Production Plan, which was approved by the state in 2016. This plan outlines strategies for Weston to increase its affordable housing under its terms and needs rather than being subject to developments that bypass the Town's Zoning By-laws and stated policies and preferences for affordable housing.
One of the strategies outlined in the Housing Production Plan is for Weston to partner with a developer and enter into a "friendly" 40B process. By partnering with a developer, Weston can avoid assuming the full cost of developing on its own. This route has proven successful for Weston in the past with partnership developments at Winter Gardens, Dickson Meadow, 809-811 Boston Post Road, 680 South Avenue, and Highland Meadows. Currently, the Town is in negotiations with Boston Properties to develop 133 Boston Post Road.
Weston has also had success pursuing its own development of housing, starting in 1980 with the Brook School Apartments and most recently with the re-purposed municipal buildings on Warren Avenue through the Weston Affordable Housing Trust. And of course, partnering with the non-profits Weston Affordable Housing Foundation Inc. (6 units) and Weston Community Housing (62 units) has provided Weston with more opportunities to increase available options.
To learn more about what the MGL 40B entails and what Weston is doing to meet its requirements, as well as current development proposals in town (both supported and not supported), please follow the links below:
Affordable Housing Needs and Strategy
The study and report on Weston's affordable housing needs, which help outline the housing production goalsLink to page
Housing Production Plan
Weston’s state-approved plan is in the care of the Affordable Housing Trust. Read the document online.Link to page
Affordable Housing Trust
Learn about the Selectmen-appointed Affordable Housing Trust and its role in supporting affordable housing in town.Link to page
A quick primer about the state's affordable housing law and how it affects WestonLink to page
Friendly 40Bs in town:
Warren Avenue - municipal buildings repurposed as affordable housing by the Affordable Housing Trust
Weston Affordable Housing Foundation Inc. - a local non-profit that works in partnership with Weston. Past projects include Church Street, Pine Street
How to Follow Progress
The Housing Production Plan is under the management of the Affordable Housing Trust. The Trust also reviews any new 40B proposals and is currently exploring an affordable home ownership opportunity fund.
40B proposals, both supported and not supported, go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for review after the developer files and receives approval for a site application with MassHousing. The 133 Boston Post Road comprehensive permit review has been temporarily halted and is currently under review by the Planning Board.
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