The Metrowest Daily News reported earlier this month that the town stands to lose more than $12,000 in permitting fees on the planned Woodland Meadows 40B project as a result of a mediation agreement between the town and developer Robert Heavey.
After years of review, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a plan for a 14-unit development off Oak Hill Road in late 2010. Heavey appealed the decision to the state saying he needed to build 16 units to be profitable. At public meetings last spring, he also accused the ZBA of dragging its feet on the project and of imposing unfair requirements that cost him tens of thousands of dollars.
After private mediation run through the state, the two sides reached an agreement in June. The details of the agreement were made public in August, reports the MWDN.
The Zoning Board agreed to waive all building permit fees, water connection fees, water meter fees and Health Department fees Heavey would have otherwise been required to pay on the project’s four affordable condominiums.
A dollar figure showing the exact amount of revenue the town could forfeit as a result of the waiver was not included in the decision. Zoning Board member Regina McAuliffe said Friday that the exact figure wasn’t available since it depends on which permits must be filed in relation to the project.
“There was 100 percent assurance (from town counsel) that we were not being taken advantage of or hadn’t given away too much,” she said.
You can read all the details – including reaction from other ZBA members – in this article by the MWDN.