Chapter 40B / Affordable Housing Projects / Country Club Estates

On February 24, 2020, Delphic Associates, on behalf of R & J, LLC, applied for a comprehensive permit from the Halifax Zoning Board of Appeals for a "Chapter 40B" development called Country Club Estates.

Country Club Estates

The proposed project would include 30 units in a series of duplexes and quadraplexes (a total of 10 buildings) with 8 of the units being designated as "affordable". The proposed development will be located south of Route 106/Plymouth Street and east of Country Club Drive.

Other permits such as wetlands (Conservation Commission) and septic (Board of Health) may be necessary.

The initial public hearing was to be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7pm in the Selectmen's Meeting Room, Halifax Town Hall, 499 Plymouth Street, Halifax, MA (hearing notice)

Because of the COVID pandemic, the Zoning Board of Appeals has been postponing the start of this hearing from month to month until it can hold an in-person meeting in a venue that will allow for the number of people interested in this project to attend this meeting. Because the State is likely to require that Chapter 40B hearings be held within a certain time frame, even if they have to be held virtually, the Zoning Board of Appeals agreed that the hearing on this project would begin on Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Recording of the first session of the hearing - November 18, 2020

Recording of the second session of the hearing - December 16, 2020 (meeting was held, but the hearing was simply continued)

Recording of the third session of the hearing - January 13, 2021

The fourth session will be held on February 24, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom.

Chapter 40B

Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40B states that if less than 10% of a community's housing stock is considered to be "affordable" (that is not only being rented or sold at a certain price but that the sale or rental of these units shall be to households with incomes under a certain amount), a development can be proposed that by-passes the community's zoning by-laws. To be eligible, the developer must guarantee that at least 20% of the units to be rented or sold will be for households with certain incomes.

The Massachusetts Housing Partnerhship has published a Chapter 40B Handbook for Zoning Boards of Appeal.

The documents related to the project can be found below.

Country Club Estates Documents

Peer Review Documents

Silva Engineering (additional documents since original submission on behalf of the applicant)

Other Documents

Additional documents concerning wetlands