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Milton seeks plan to more affordable housing

| June 19, 2014

by Laura Griffin, Times Staff

Milton, Ma. -Town officials this past week received the first draft of a proposed Housing Production Plan for Milton which details potential routes to increasing the town’s affordable housing stock through an orderly system.

Karen Sunnarborg, housing and planning consultant, prepared the $20,000 plan with the technical aid of Planning Director William Clark and the assistance of town officials and the directors of senior housing facilities.

“Reaching the 10 [percent] affordability goal will be a significant challenge in Milton,” states Sunnarborg in the first pages of the plan after noting the town is basically built out and there are dwindling development opportunities.

Furthermore, the report also warns, “As long as Milton remains below the 10 [percent] goal and is not making substantial progress in reaching it, the town remains vulnerable to development proposals that may conflict with existing zoning and the town’s vision for its future.”

The 71-page report offers more than a dozen strategies for increasing affordable housing options. Such potential remedies range from creating zoning overlay districts to promoting affordable housing in cluster zones, using town-owned parcels, amending the accessory apartment bylaw and supporting scattered site, infill housing.

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