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New Section 3A of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A mandates that the Town of Westford provide at least one zoning district of reasonable size in which multi-family housing is permitted “as-of-right” by no later than December 31, 2024.  (“As of right” means development that may proceed under a zoning bylaw without the need for a special permit, variance, zoning amendment, waiver, or other discretionary zoning approval.)
 
The district must also meet the following requirements:
·         Allow a minimum gross density of 15 dwelling units per acre.
·         Be without any age restriction.
·         Be suitable for families with children.
·         Create realistic potential to provide (long-term) an additional 924 dwelling units.
·         Cannot be smaller than 50 acres in total area.
·         At least one portion of the district must be comprised of a minimum of 25 contiguous acres (“contiguous” meaning they all connect to each other).
·         Other noncontiguous tracts of land (at least 5 acres each) may also be included in the district to satisfy minimum area requirements.
·         Land in the district must be practically developable when considering factors such as suitability of soils, wetland resource areas, conservation or other restrictions, adequate infrastructure, etc.
 
While Westford may be permitted to include some of the existing multi-family developments (such as Bell Westford, Princeton Westford Apartment Homes, Sugar Maple Lane, etc.) in the district, the district must still show meaningful and realistic potential for creating additional multi-family housing units.  Furthermore, the district will likely need to be substantially larger than 50 acres because of our lack of a municipal sewer system.
 
Your participation and input in this survey will help to shape our public planning process and is very much appreciated. It should take about 5 minutes to complete.
 
Thank you very much.

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* 1. Please indicate which category best applies to you

For the following questions 2 through 8, please use the following scale to indicate your agreement or disagreement with the statements

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* 2. Some commercial use (such as a restaurant or retail) should be allowed as part of a multi-family housing project for properties in the district that are zoned for commercial use (such as along Route 110).

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* 3. In addition to satisfying the requirements for a district allowing multi-family housing, the town should consider authorizing lesser density multi-family development (for example, 5 units per acre instead of 15 units per acre) to promote positive redevelopment of specific properties that are contaminated, abandoned, or unsafe.

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* 4. It is important that the town include a requirement for affordability in order to maintain its inventory of affordable housing units in town.

The following characteristics are important when considering what properties should be in the district:

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* 5. Proximity to modes of travel such as I-495, Route 3, Route 110 (Littleton Road), sidewalks, and bike lanes

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* 6. Proximity to businesses and shopping areas

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* 7. Proximity to recreational opportunities (for example, sports fields, hiking trails, Kimball Farm, or Nashoba Valley Ski Area)

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* 8. Potential for redevelopment of abandoned, vacant, or underutilized buildings and building lots

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* 9. Which option best aligns with your preference?

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* 10. Which option best aligns with your preference?

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* 11. Please select which of these options you agree with most

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* 12. Among the images below, please select your three favorites

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* 13. Among the images below, please select your three least favorites

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