The committee's priorities will include thinking about and discussing:
• Whether there is a need in town for homes for people of low and moderate incomes.
• A mission statement that would address the relevant legal requirements.
• Ways to reconcile the town's low-density zoning with the economics of affordable housing construction.
• Priorities in finding and evaluating sites for such housing.
The Affordable Housing Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at 7 p.m in the Historic Schoolhouse on five Tuesday evenings — March 5 and 19, April 16 and 30, and May 14.
The council voted 3-0 to approve the list, with Councilwoman Maryann Derwin and Councilman Ted Driscoll absent.
The committee's non-voting chair will be the former mayor and experienced mediator Steve Toben. The current council decided not to participate or attend, but will rely on the town manager and the committee chair to stay informed.
A verbal progress report from the committee is due the Town Council in late March, with a final written report due in mid-May.
As the state Department of Housing and Community Development explains, the mandate requires communities to submit for approval a housing-related chapter in their general plans, and update it every seven years.
Among the objectives: to "promote infill development and socioeconomic equity," to encourage "efficient development patterns," to improve relationships between jobs and housing within the region, and to increase the mix of housing types and affordability "in all cities and counties within the region in an equitable manner."
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