The Zoning Board of Appeals is reviewing a proposal for a nine-building affordable housing project for the second time, after the state rejected the town’s claim that it had reached the affordable housing threshold. In communities where the 10 percent threshold has not been met, developers have wide latitude to bypass many local zoning bylaws if they build housing deemed affordable. The current 40B proposal — named The Village on Main — calls for 18 condos to be built on approximately four acres of land off Main Street. Four would be sold at below-market prices. According to Emily Wentworth, senior planner for zoning and special projects, the town has until February to come to a decision. “The hearing was opened Dec. 5 [and it was] continued to Jan. 8,” Wentworth said in a phone interview. “They are still reviewing the plans.” Neighbors calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Hingham have organized opposition, claiming that the proposal is too big for the site. On their website, members proposed building a single- or two-family home on the property and asked for the proposal to conform to existing zoning bylaws. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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