The Tewksbury’s Local Housing partnership was incorporated by the Board of Selectmen to study the need for affordable housing and to recommend procedures for the implementation of Tewksbury’s Affordable Housing policy. The general affordable housing objectives of the partnership have the approval of the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and other applicable Town Boards, Committees, and Agencies.
The Board of Selectmen and Town Manager, with the concurrence of other Town Boards, Committees, and Commissions, have delegated certain defined responsibilities and functions to the partnership. These functions include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Developing affordable housing action plans based on housing needs studies.
- Establishing criteria to evaluate affordable housing proposals.
- Making recommendations on the pros and cons of particular housing proposals.
- Identifying local, state, and federal housing resources to further development.
- Locating available land suitable for development.
- Reviewing land use regulations and zoning bylaws.
- Working with developers of affordable housing.
- Increasing public awareness through forums and other public events
- Work in cooperation with Town Boards.
The partnership will act as the Town’s initial contact with developers of proposed affordable residential housing projects which are site-specific and for which the developer has indicated an intention to request an increase in allowed density or other variances in-return for said provision of affordable housing. In this context, the partnership will serve as a preliminary negotiating agency.
The partnership may also initiate action intended to create affordable residential housing projects. In this context, the partnership will work to create a specific project consistent with Town policy.