Posted by Amanda Stonely November 21, 2011 10:03 AM
But municipalities that fall under the 10 percent threshold can still block unwanted projects if they develop a state-approved affordable housing production plan and are certified by the state as using it to create a minimum number of affordable units in a year’s time. Peabody exceeded the 10 percent threshold until recently, when it fell below it due to new housing data generated from the 2010 federal census.
The city created a housing production plan in 2003, but it would no longer meet state requirements, Bernson said. The consultant will work with Abacus Architects and Planners, of Boston, in developing the new plan, and hold hearings to seek public input. The city hopes to have the plan ready for submittal to the state Department of Housing and Community Development by next May.