You may have heard people spreading the rumor that passing #4 will cause “thousands” of apartments to be built along Rte 3…
After doing the math on all potential parcels in the Performance Zone (PZ), our civil engineer has calculated the total acreage available after frontage lots are carved off to meet frontage restrictions. This acreage will be further reduced after Planning Board-sponsored amendment #2 passes reducing net usable land.
While still allowing for some affordable housing, it would be mathematically impossible for there to be “thousands of units” of workforce apartment projects built in the PZ.
We also have a 12-unit per building density restriction to encourage the size/scope of buildings that fit our town. This will further nullifying “stack and pack” density that the urbanists love. This way, although Bedford has already gone over and above our regional “share” of housing, it will continue to provide reasonable opportunities in accordance with the law.
[#4 will REMOVE workforce housing as an acceptable use on the 101 Corridor through our town center and ADD work force housing as an acceptable use in the Whole Foods/Target, Daniel Webster Highway corridor. This provides new opportunities for workforce housing in the part of town where a majority of citizens have said they’d prefer to see larger scale developments. It prevents large scale, multi-story apartment complexes from popping up in the still- quaint, commercially zoned town center.]
PLEASE IGNORE THE IDEA THAT THE PLANNING BOARD DOESN’T RECOMMEND AMENDMENTS WE WANT PASSED. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO VOTE AS THEY RECOMMEND.