Archstone Communities has proposed a 264-unit in the Nobscotarea here while Edmands Road Realty LLC would like to put a 60-unitsenior-housing complex in the same area. Both developers areapplying for comprehensive permits under the state's affordablehousing law, which would allow them to bypass local zoning if thetown has less than 10% affordable housing and they are willing todevelop 25% of the housing as affordable.

Until now, Framingham had only designated 9.23% of it housingstock as affordable, according to Donna Jacobs, senior planner forthe town. But a new count recently put the town officially over the10% mark. "We did an exhaustive counting to make sure all unitsthat could be counted, were counted," Jacobs tells GolbeSt.com.Reportedly, the town gave a new inventory list to the state inJune, when it was able to benefit from a change in the rules thatallowed at least 300 Department of Mental Health and Department ofMental Retardation units in the town to count as affordablehousing.

Jacobs notes that the counting really began early in the yearbecause the town was preparing for its second year of certificationof housing rights, which enables it to get some subsidies from thestate to increase its housing stock. But, says Jacobs, "we were inthat mode when we heard about the applications for comprehensivepermits" under the state's affordable housing law.

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