An East Falmouth Chapter 40B development that met resistance from neighbors was recently approved by the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals.
At its February 13 meeting, board members unanimously approved a draft decision to build 12 units on a 1.91-acre parcel on Crooked Meadow Road. The Chapter 40B project will include three affordable units sold at $220,000. They are available to those who make 80 percent or less of the area median income and cannot be rented or sublet.
The nine market-priced condominiums can be rented for a minimum of one year with no short-term rentals. Each unit will be about 1,150 square feet, with three bedrooms and 2½ baths.
Throughout the application process, abutters protested its size as compared to the neighborhood, arguing it would worsen traffic and increase noise.
MassHousing approved the project, stating that the resulting density of the 12 homes is 6.28 units per buildable acre, which is acceptable, given the proposed housing type.
The public comment period closed on January 9, and the board continued to deliberate until last week. It was approved with 49 conditions and minor changes.
Back in November, Michael Borselli, engineer for the applicant, presented revised plans for the project at the public hearing after addressing previous concerns from an earlier meeting; however, abutters of the project had a lot to say.
“This project is way too big for this neighborhood,” said Jeffrey N. Felty, who lives on Crooked Meadow Road. “You say it’s a little project in this neighborhood. It‘s too much space.”
Mr. Borselli said that they considered building two-bedroom units, as they are popular, but said they do not sell for the same price.
Appeals board member Robert Dugan suggested eliminating the guest parking spaces to help offset the increased traffic flow in the neighborhood.
“Each unit will still be allowed two spaces,” Mr. Dugan said. “But adding those other guest spaces in a project this size and this density is going to increase the traffic generation on that road. Without eliminating building issues, I think that would be the best.”
The applicant, John B. DeSangro of Northstar Construciton commissioned a traffic study to determine traffic implications. The results of the study indicate 6.5 more vehicle trips per hour, which is under the maximum of 25 trips per hour that would require mitigation to the property.