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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Norfolk moves to boost affordable housing


Town Meeting voters last night approved a bylaw change that will require affordable housing in certain developments. Under the change, developments of 10 or more acres that create 10 or more single-family
dwellings will have to set aside 10 percent of units as affordable housing.

Although a few items sparked debate, the meeting was relatively non-controversial. All items on the warrant passed, with the exception of two that were indefinitely postponed.

Among measures approved by voters: tax breaks for seniors, shifting more money to a down-payment assistance program for affordable housing, and the acceptance of a local-option law that allows members of certain town boards and committees to vote on an issue if they’ve missed one session of an extended public hearing.

-- Calvin Hennick

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