[Hpn] Action delayed on housing units

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Action delayed on housing units
Thursday, January 24, 2008=20

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By NANCY H. GONTER
ngonter@repub.com=20
EASTHAMPTON - The Planning Board has delayed action on the proposed =
32-unit Parsons Village, because the developer has yet to provide a =
traffic study.=20

And at Tuesday night's public hearing on the project, the board =
discussed the effects of the city's moratorium on housing developments =
for people over 55 and what a future zoning ordinance could include.=20

The Parsons Village project at Parsons Street near Duda Drive and East =
Street Cemetery includes eight nonrestricted units and 24 others for =
people who are more than 55 years old or handicapped. While the City =
Council has approved a moratorium on such projects, the city's lawyer =
has ruled this project is exempt because a subdivision approved for the =
site froze the zoning for the land.=20

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The board continued the hearing on the project until Feb. 12 at 6:15 =
p.m. The traffic study requested by the board is expected to be done by =
then.=20

In presenting the project to the board, David R. Boyle of Autumn =
Properties said that at a previous hearing, questions were raised about =
whether the 24 units for people over 55 would be handicapped-accessible. =


Because the units are "garden-style" and not townhouses, all 12 units on =
the first floor would be accessible, Boyle said. Also, the corridors, =
doorways and bathrooms would be constructed large enough to accommodate =
a wheel chair, he said.=20

Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Boyle said that one out =
of 20 units constructed must be be handicapped-accessible. Planning =
Board members said they had never heard of such a provision.=20

"I'll be honest. It's not very well-enforced anywhere in the state." =
Boyle said.=20

At a previous meeting, Boyle was asked whether he would consider making =
any of the units affordable for people with low or moderate incomes. On =
Tuesday night, Boyle said he would be willing to do so only if the city =
assisted with the cost.=20

The City Council's Ordinance Subcommittee and the Master Plan Committee, =
of which Boyle is the chair, have been working on discussing what =
changes should be made in the "over-55" ordinance, which allows =
developers to build more units if they are for people more than 55 years =
old.=20

City Planner Stuart B. Beckley said the Ordinance Subcommittee has done =
"a technical review" of the ordinance and now plans to hold a public =
forum on what changes should be made. Under consideration are whether =
developers of such projects should have to include affordable units or =
open space in their projects and where the projects should be allowed.=20











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<DIV class=3Dbyln>Thursday, January 24, 2008 </DIV>
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<P>EASTHAMPTON - The Planning Board has delayed action on the proposed =
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study. </P>
<P>And at Tuesday night's public hearing on the project, the board =
discussed the=20
effects of the city's moratorium on housing developments for people over =
55 and=20
what a future zoning ordinance could include. </P>
<P>The Parsons Village project at Parsons Street near Duda Drive and =
East Street=20
Cemetery includes eight nonrestricted units and 24 others for people who =
are=20
more than 55 years old or handicapped. While the City Council has =
approved a=20
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<P>Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Boyle said that one =
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members said=20
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<P>At a previous meeting, Boyle was asked whether he would consider =
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Tuesday=20
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<P>The City Council's Ordinance Subcommittee and the Master Plan =
Committee, of=20
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should be=20
made in the "over-55" ordinance, which allows developers to build more =
units if=20
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<P>City Planner Stuart B. Beckley said the Ordinance Subcommittee has =
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on what=20
changes should be made. Under consideration are whether developers of =
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