The Planning and Zoning Commission held a short meeting last night, and made only one decision.
Two applications for large subdivisions in Westfield were taken off the agenda. A 15-lot subdivision to be located at Country Club Road and Massa Tom Road was tabled, because the public hearing was not properly noticed. A 14-lot subdivision off of Mile Lane was withdrawn because it did not receive prior approval from Inland Wetlands.
The Commission considered a Zoning Code text amendment to add Section 60.02.42 – Existing Age Restricted (55 & Older) Multi Family Housing density not to exceed 24 units per acre on property having at least 2 1/2 acres or more in a Multi-Family (M) Zone. The applicant was Pondview Realty Associates, which operates government subsidized low-income senior housing, located on Butternut near its intersection with West Street. This application was continued from the August 28th P&Z meeting.
Alfred Muracca, one of the owners of the Pondview Apartments said that he currently had 52 units, but he wants to build further age-restricted apartments on approximately 3 acres of excess property. He said he particularly wants to build more housing for couples. The current Zoning Code for the M zone would make such a use non-conforming. At the August 28th meeting, Warner told the Commission that it was unlikely that there were any other properties in the M Zone to which this zoning code text change would apply.
The Commission unanimously approved the zoning code text change.