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SHERBORN, MA-Rising Tide Development revamped its residential complex on Whitney St. from 52 multifamily and single family homes to 34 single family homes. The project is going to include an affordable housing component which makes it eligible to come in under Chapter 40B, the state’s affordable housing law.

Under 40B, a developer can bypass local zoning laws if his project has a 25% affordable housing component and the town does not have 10% affordable housing. Sherborn has 3%, according to town official Jeanne Guthrie.

The homes will be built on a 28-acre parcel that is currently zoned single family on two-acre lots. Despite the 40B permit, which enables most of these developments to get approved, Guthrie tells GlobeSt.com that the sewage system for the area made the first proposal unworkable. The well and septic systems wouldn’t work under the Rising Tide proposal, she says. In the new plan, each house will have its own septic system.

But, she is quick to point out that the town has not yet approved this proposal either. She says that the project does not get automatic approval because the town’s fire department wants the roads to the project widened which will impact the setback of the houses. Also, because of the septic systems, there needs to be sufficient space on each lot.

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