Town, developer try to reach agreement on Woodland Meadows 40B

A state-appointed mediator has asked the town to revisit its decision on a 40B housing unit off Oak Hill Road.

Back in October the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the Woodland Meadows project, but limited it to 14 townhouse units citing concerns about density. The developer, Natick-based Richard Heavey, appealed the decision saying he needs to build at least 16 units to turn a profit.

On Monday the two sides sat down to discuss a settlement proposed by a mediator appointed by the Department of Housing and Community Development. They also discussed a set of changes Heavey wanted to make to the proposed settlement.

ZBA Chairman Sam Stivers said the board was “generally comfortable” with the provisions of the settlement, which increase the number of housing units from 14 to 16, but not with the additional changes proposed by Heavey.

The ZBA did not reach an agreement at their meeting on Monday night and plan to take up the issue again at an upcoming meeting (date and time to be determined).

Mediation is the latest step in a project that has been under consideration for over three years now. Woodland Meadows was originally proposed in 2007 as a 4-story 43-unit condominium project off Woodland Road, but was scaled back in response to concerns about stormwater management and other issues.

Prior to their decision in October, Heavey accused the ZBA of dragging its feet on the project.

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