Upcoming Dates for the AHO
Planning Board Hearing
On August 4th, the Planning Board reviewed the current draft of the Affordable Housing Overlay.
The Planning Board voted 7-1 to recommend / support the AHO Petition.
Continuation of Ordinance Committee
On August 19th, the Ordinance Committee continued their discussion of amendments to the Overlay.
One amendment was made to the ordinance, requiring that any site which has ground floor retail maintains at least 50% of retail frontage on those sites.
The Overlay was passed back to the full Council with a favorable recommendation, with 6 votes in favor Mayor Siddiqui, Vice-Mayor Mallon, and Councillors McGovern, Sobrinho-Wheeler, Toomey, and Zonderevan voting in favor; Councillor Nolan voted present, and Councillor Carlone voted against.
City Council Hearing
The first full-council AHO hearing was on September 14th; the Council voted to pass the overlay to a second reading 7-2.
The second will be October 5th. Public comment will be available at the hearing.
At the second hearing, the Council's vote to pass the ordinance will be finalized. It will require 6 votes to be ordained. Given the 7-2 vote to pass to a second reading, it is very likely to pass.