518 South Avenue
A local developer, working with the Hanover Company, has proposed a 200-unit* rental project for the three parcels located at 510, 518 and 540 South Avenue. The development is called Hanover Weston and is proposed to be built on 4.5 acres within a total of 9.5 acres of land.
Wetlands Protect Act - Notice of Intent Filing
The Hanover Company, through its environmental consultant, has submitted its Notice of Intent application to Weston’s Conservation Commission. This is a required step per the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections due to proposed work within the buffer zone to wetland resource area. The application materials are available online for public review (link below).
Due to weather-related power outages on Aug. 4th, the Conservation Commission continued the August 4th Public Hearing to Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Information about how to virtually access this hearing will be posted at least 48-hours prior on the Town’s Minutes/Agenda web page.
Comprehensive Permit Public Hearings
The Hanover Company, with 518 South Ave LLC, has filed an application for the comprehensive permit for Hanover Weston. This application triggers a judicial process where members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hold a series of public hearings to receive information regarding the project. These public hearings must be held within a set time frame and a decision is filed at the end. This is a prescribed process set by state law.
All documents developed during the public hearing process will be posted online and can be found by following the public hearing documents link below. The ZBA comprehensive permit public hearing for Hanover Weston is set to open on August 19, 2019. Receive notification of hearing notices/agendas by subscribing to the ZBA at Weston.org/StayInformed.
- Comprehensive Permit Application and Public Hearing Documents - site, architectural, plans & studies
- Traffic Impact Analysis (PDF) - submitted with comp permit application
- Fiscal Impact Analysis (PDF) - submitted with comp permit application
- 40B timeline explained
- To follow the comprehensive permit public hearings, subscribe to receive agenda notifications from the ZBA
Project Eligibility Letter
Town comments regarding this project were submitted to MassHousing, which then issued its Project Eligibility Letter (PEL) on July 1st for this development. This allowed the developer to file for a Comprehensive Permit through the Zoning Board of Appeals. Both the Town comments and the signed PEL can be found below.
- Project Eligibility Letter from MassHousing (PDF)
- Selectmen’s Letter to MassHousing with Comments (PDF)
Project Eligibility Letter/Site Approval Application
On March 19, 2019, the Hanover Company submitted the following Project Eligibility application to MassHousing, with a copy to the Town. Upon notification from MassHousing, Town Officials were given a 30-day period (with a 10-day extension) to review and submit comments about the project. The application materials submitted to MassHousing are below. Town comments can be found above.
- PEL Application Cover
- PEL Application-Table of Contents
- Cover Letter to MassHousing
- MassHousing Application Checklist
- Comprehensive Permit Application_Rental
- 1.1 Location Map
- 1.2 Tax Map 1
- 1.2 Tax Map 2
- 1.2 Tax Map 3
- 1.2 Tax Map 4
- 1.3 Directions
- 2.1 Existing Conditions
- 2.2 Aerial Photos
- 2.3 Site Context Photos
- 2.4 FIRM
- 2.4 Historic Districts
- 2.4 Wetlands Delineation
- 3.1 Preliminary Site Layout
- 3.2 Preliminary Architectural Plans
- 3.3 Design Approach
- 3.4 Tabular Analysis of Existing Zoning
- 3.5 Completed Sustainable Development Princples
- 4.1 518 Deed
- 4.1 540 PSA
- 5.1 NEF Lender Letter of Interest
- 5.2 Rent Comps
- 6.1 Cube3 Qualifications
- 6.1 David Hall Bio
- 6.2 40B Experience
- 7.1 Project Meeting Schedule
- 7.2 Cover Letter to Town
- 7.3 Cover Letter to DHCD
- 7.4 7.5 Fees to MassHousing
- Hanover Weston Presentation to Selectmen - March 26, 2019 (PDF)
- Hanover Weston Presentation to the Planning Board - April 10, 2019 (PDF)
- Nutter to PB re 200 unit revision 4.17.19
- Project Eligibility Letter from MassHousing (PDF)
- Selectmen Comments to MassHousing Re: Hanover Weston 5.9.19 (PDF)
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 26th. This was revised on April 17th to show 200 units.
And the following presentation to the Planning Board on April 10th. The letter from the development team's attorney is to clarify the size of the project is 200 units.
- Hanover Weston - Presentation to the Planning Board (PDF)
- Hanover Weston - project size clarification (PDF)
Town Committee Meetings
- Affordable Housing Trust - Jan. 30, 2019 and April 10, 2019
- School Committee - Feb. 28, 2019
- Conservation Commission - March 12, 2019
- Board of Selectmen - March 26, 2019
- Finance Committee - March 28, 2019
- Planning Board - April 10, 2019
- Traffic & Sidewalk Committee - April 24, 2019
The developer has also met with various Town departments and abutters. Check meeting agendas of these committees to confirm discussions.
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.