751-761 Boston Post Road
The developer of Highland Meadows, working with Mill Creek Residential, has proposed a 180-unit rental project for the two parcels located at 751 and 761 Boston Post Road. The development is proposed to be built on 12 acres within a total of 62-acres of land.
On March 1st, the developer submitted the following Project Eligibility application to MassHousing, with a copy to the Town. The application is under review by MassHousing, which has notified the Town of a 30-day period for Town officials to submit comments about the project. Once comments are submitted, MassHousing is anticipated to issue its Project Eligibility Letter, which allows the developer to file for a Comprehensive Permit through the Zoning Board of Appeals.
See further below on how to follow this project.
- PEL Cover
- Table of Contents
- 0.0 Cover Letter
- 0.1 Application Checklist
- 0.2 CompPermitApp_Rental
- 1.1 Location Map (USGS)
- 1.2 Tax Map (Assessor)
- 1.3 Directions to the Property
- 2.1 Existing Conditions Plan (Survey)
- 2.1 Existing Conditions Plan (Topo)
- 2.2 Aerial Photograph
- 2.3 Site Context Photographs
- 2.4 Documentation Regarding Site Characteristics-Constraints (FIRM)
- 2.4 Documentation Regarding Site Characteristics-Constraints (Historic District Plan)
- 2.4 Documentation Regarding Site Characteristics-Constraints (ORDA 2018.02.08)
- 2.4 Documentation Regarding Site Characteristics-Constraints (Wetlands Plan)
- 3.1 - Preliminary Site Layout Plan (HSH)
- 3.3 Narrative Description of Design Approach
- 3.4 Tabular Zoning Analysis
- 3.5 Completed Sustainable Development Principles Evaluation Assessment Form
- 4.1 Evidence of Site Control (Purchase Sale Agreement)
- 5.1 New England Fund Lender Letter of Interest
- 5.2 Market Rental Comparables
- 6.0 Exhibit A
- 6.1 Development Team Qualifications
- 6.2 Applicant Entity 40B Experience
- 7.1 Narrative of Prior Correspondence and Meetings with Municipal Officials
- 7.2 Copy of Letter to Weston BOS and Town Manager
- 7.3 Copy of Notice of Application Sent to DHCD
To Follow This Project
Interested residents may subscribe to receive email or text notification of when meetings, agendas, and minutes are posted online by visiting Weston.org/StayInformed. Boards/Committees to follow include the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The development team made the following presentation to the Board of Selectmen on March 19th.
Town Committee Meetings
In addition to introducing the project to the Board of Selectmen during its open meeting in September, the development team has also presented at the following public meetings:
- Historical Commission - Oct. 3, 2018 and March 21, 2019
- Affordable Housing Trust - Oct. 4, 2018 and March 12, 2019
- Rail Trail Advisory Committee - Oct. 15, 2018
- Planning Board - Oct. 17, 2018 and March 20, 2019
- Conservation Commission - Oct. 23, 2018 and March 26, 2019
- Traffic & Sidewalk Committee - Dec. 12, 2018 and March 13, 2019
- Board of Selectmen - March 19, 2019
- Board of Health - March 26, 2019
The development team has also met with three neighborhood groups and abutters, the Weston Forest & Trail Association, and various Town departments.
The project was introduced in an open meeting to the Board of Selectmen and members of the Planning Board at the Selectmen's meeting on September 12, 2018. The developer stated he would be seeking traffic and school impact studies and met with abutting neighborhoods to work through a more defined proposal for the town.
The developer is proposing all rental units, which would help Weston meet its 10% affordable housing requirement (see 40B Introduction) and would help meet the housing needs and strategies identified in the Housing Production Plan.
On February 1st, the Board of Selectmen received the Notice to Convert Chapter 61A land to residential property. The Town had 30 days to respond as to whether or not it will pursue the purchase of the land. At their meeting on February 26th, the Selectmen chose not to exercise the Town's right to purchase the agricultural land. An appraisal was sought by the Town, which came to $17.5 million. The appraisal document is below (personal information only, has been redacted).