Hanover: Tensions mount during Woodland Village 40B Hearing

The Hanover Zoning Board of Appeals continued their hearing on the Woodland Village 40B, 200 rental unit affordable housing proposal Tuesday night.

There were some contentious moments between the applicant’s attorney and the town’s new attorney John Whitten, who was hired to advise the board on the project. The two argued whether or not the applicant is required to produce another project eligibility letter from Mass. Housing.

Z.B.A. member John Tuzik lashed out against the applicant’s attorney and accused him of making a mockery of the proceedings.

“Let me tell you guys, as the new guy on the bench here, you’re not doing yourselves any favors by rolling your eyes, shaking your heads and having lousy grins on your faces. That’s just my personal opinion, but I’m entitled to it and you’re going to hear it. This gentleman is sitting here, (town attorney), telling me one thing in black and white, and you’re telling me another. Let’s figure out what it is! And if you two don’t agree, then let’s get a disinterested third party who does. Because otherwise this is … you’re making a mockery of this thing”!

Hanover School Superintendent Christine Nash told the board that she’s also concerned about the project’s impact on the school system.

“My concern, in the economy and the state that we’re in, is that with any large scale project that there’s going to be an impact on student population. That impact is going to be felt, certainly in class size, staffing, programs and services”, Nash said.

The hearing is continued until June 11.


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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.