Valley CDC-132 Northampton Road

  1. Introduction
  2. ZBA Review & Meetings
  3.  Application & Documents
  4. Project Eligibility
  5. Public Comments
Valley Community Development Corporation (CDC) is proposing to develop approximately 28 units of affordable housing at 132 Northampton Road.  The project is seeking a Comprehensive Permit per M.G.L Chapter 40B for the development of affordable housing.  The Comprehensive Permit allows all local permitting to take place with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Valley CDC is a local non-profit corporation formed in 1988 that addresses the growing needs of low and moderate income people through developing and preserving affordable rental and ownership housing and providing economic opportunities through small business assistance (summarized from Valley CDC's website:

The project on Northampton Road is in response to the local need for small affordable rental units for extremely low- and low-income individuals.  The Master Plan (2010) and Housing Production Plan (2013) identify the severe lack of this type of housing, and recommend the creation of these units. The project would be one building that includes 28 small studio apartments as well as multi-purpose common room, a laundry room, and office space for the Resident Services Coordinator.  The project also includes the provision of support services for tenants.  

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Training on GL C40B Comprehensive Permits, held on April 30, 2020:

Timeline of the ZBA process for reviewing the 40B comprehensive permit:

Within 7 days of the receipt of the Comprehensive Permit application, the ZBA needs to distribute copies of the Comprehensive Permit application to all Local Boards, departments, and committees.

Within 14 days from receipt of the application the initial public hearing must be advertised with proper legal notice and proper notice to abutters

Within 30 days from receipt of the application The ZBA must open the initial public hearing

Within 15 days from the opening of the public hearing, the ZBA may choose to invoke any safe harbor or other claim that the municipality is consistent with local needs pursuant to the statute

Within 15 days from ZBA action the applicant must file its written response (challenge) with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)

Within 30 days from filing of an applicant’s challenge DHCD must issue its decision re: the applicant’s appeal

Within 180 days from initial public hearing the ZBA must close the public hearing (Except with the written consent of the applicant for an extension)

Within 40 days from closing of the public hearing the ZBA must “render a decision” (Denial, Approval, or Approval with Conditions), based on a majority vote

Within 14 days of its decision, the ZBA must file a copy with Town Clerk

Within 20 days from date the ZBA decision is filed with the Town Clerk the application or public can appeal the ZBA’s decision.