Route 122 affordable housing designation OK’d
Thursday, October 17, 2013
AMHERST – A plan for single-family duplexes off Route 122 received an OK from the Amherst Planning Board to be considered affordable housing and therefore have up to 16 units.
The town’s zoning ordinance allows for a higher density if the developer agrees to covenants restricting the unit’s sale price. In this case, each unit must cost less than $270,000, which currently is affordable for those with 100 percent of the area median income.
During the board’s review of the plan on Oct. 2, Charles Stickney, who raises beef cattle nearby on Route 122, asked if the development’s homeowners will tell him the cows are not wanted.
Board Vice Chairwoman Sally Wilkins told him he is protected.
“We can’t guarantee the neighbors won’t complain,” she said, but there are protections in place for him, according to the meeting minutes.
Other neighbors were concerned about traffic, road safety, water pressure and the effect on the aquifer.
An engineer from Fieldstone Land Consultants said the project will exceed all requirements and is harmonious with its surroundings. Sixty percent of the property will remain undisturbed, said Chad Brannon, of Fieldstone Land Consultant, and the access road meets state Department of Transportation standards. Each unit will be 1,300 square feet.
The board had taken a site walk of the 8.5-acre parcel in September. It is owned by Stacy Clark and located south of Route 101A. There is another affordable development, Peacock Brook, nearby as well as an elderly housing development.
Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.