PEPPERELL — Planning Board members discussed the pros and cons of affordable housing during their meeting Monday night.
Although they took no vote, members discussed the rise in construction of affordable-housing units over the last five years.
“The drive in Pepperell right now is truly toward the workforce housing,” said board member Al Patenaude. “Pepperell right now really doesn’t have that strong demand for higher value homes.”
However, with the rise in affordable units has come the issue of affordable properties in Pepperell sitting vacant due to stringent income limits for residents.
“Most areas that have affordable units don’t have a problem getting rid of them. The problem is Pepperell’s income is too high,” Patenaude said.
He said many affordable housing units in town are unoccupied due to strict income requirements to buy or rent those residences.
Patenaude asked board members to review a draft of a report he distributed about affordable housing in Pepperell for further discussion at future meetings.
A public hearing that was supposed to be held regarding the development of a multifamily development project at 11 Tucker St. was postponed at the request of the applicant.
The hearing will be held at the Planning Board’s next meeting on Aug. 12 at 7:15 p.m at Town Hall.
Planning Board members also voted to reappoint Planning Administrator Susan Snyder for a three-year term ending June 30, 2016.
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