Hanover: Officials draft conditions for Woodland Village 40 B proposal

Hanover’s Zoning Board of Appeals went over a draft of conditions for the Woodland Village 40B affordable housing proposal Wednesday night.

The 152 unit, for sale project, is located adjacent from Routes 3 and 53 and across from the Hanover Mall.

The Z.B.A. and the applicant agreed on some of the 33 conditions listed for the project.

However, there’s also disagreement regarding the applicant’s request for a blanket waiver of Hanover’s wetlands protection by-law –something the town’s conservation agent Pat Gallivan, is adamantly opposed to.

“In a case like this, it appears that there are other areas where they could be pulling some of the structures, roadways and storm water detention basins further back. That’s what we are asking on this. We don’t want to do a blanket waiver, because that allows someone to come in and do whatever they want, up against the wetlands,” Gallivan said.

The applicant also brought down the number of units for an alternative proposal not currently on the table, from 252 rental units to 200 rental units – an alternative more amenable to the neighbors.

The applicant told the Z.B.A., “We’re talking about a 152 unit, for sale project and we’ll see where that goes. But you could also give us the alternative for 200 rental units. That’s a significant reduction from the 252 rental units we first proposed. It would allow us to do the types of things that we all want to do, in terms of buffers and setbacks.”

The alternative proposal would also have to be fully vetted by all pertinent boards.

The Z.B.A. is scheduled to meet with the applicant next week for a closed working session, to try and hammer out an agreement on the conditions for the 152 unit proposal.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.