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Concord Housing Production Plan Update - Shared screen with speaker view
Pamela Dritt
11:43
Here's the link that was in the slide: https://pollev.com/jenng
Jonathan Aibel
11:45
Will the housing plan include any traffic studies? It would be interesting if there was some thought to reduce the need for cars through better paths/sidewalks
Dee Ortner
13:28
Have you considered asking the state to deed the Armory to the Town for use of affordable housing?
Edward Larner
13:33
Unable to paste comments into Chat.
Jennifer Hurley-Wales
14:12
Why is Emerson Hospital buying and letting so many houses sit empty when they are much needed.
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
15:11
Please direct your chat to EVERYONE so everyone can see
Julie McClure
15:41
To “panelists and attendees” might be helpful
Pamela Dritt
15:59
Please remind people to change “who can see your message” from “Hosts and Panelists” to “Everyone” We won't be able to see your comments unless you do.
Carol Savoy
16:14
Expand zoning to build housing in all town villages such as West Concord, Concord Center, Thoreau Depot and Concord Center
Michael Lawson
16:19
The Armory is owned by the National Guard
Jennifer Hurley-Wales
17:05
I’m very bothered by the number of houses Emerson Hospital is buying and letting sit empty. Can anyone illuminate me on this issue?
Carol Savoy
17:20
And Nine Acre Corner Village/Commercial area
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
18:52
I Know - the webinar format is difficult. And then we had tech issues to start. Thanks for hanging in.
Jeanne Griffith
19:37
a
Peter Lowitt
19:54
A
Carol Savoy
19:56
will you please show the QR code again?
Suzanne Foley
20:00
A resident.
Clarice Gordon
20:01
A
Jean Goldsberry
20:02
I live and work in Concord
Marcia Rasmussen
20:08
Emerson Hospital is/has acquired property across Old Road to Nine Acre Corner as part of a master planning effort for additional offices and parking.
Marjorie Daggett
20:31
If am A. A Concord resident.
Peter Lowitt
20:53
F
Jeanne Griffith
20:58
e
Suzanne Foley
21:01
76
Marjorie Daggett
21:07
G
Sven Weber
21:17
Not working for me
Marjorie Daggett
21:38
G
Frank Feeley
22:04
Older age groups on this meeting are probably underestimated because of technical issues
Peter Lowitt
22:20
B
Suzanne Foley
22:32
Own my home.
Marjorie Daggett
22:56
At retirement community
Mary White
22:59
Mary White own my home
Paul Jameson
23:19
Own home
Paul Jameson
23:26
Age 87
Frank Feeley
23:39
D
Paul Jameson
23:41
50 years
Suzanne Foley
23:46
36 years
Peter Lowitt
23:48
B
Marjorie Daggett
23:51
C
Mary White
23:55
30 years or more
Betsy OlssonMackowski
24:03
How many folks are watching the webinar?
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
24:20
There are 55 people in the webinar
Clarice Gordon
24:20
C
Marcia Rasmussen
24:31
55 people are attending the webinar
Betsy OlssonMackowski
24:48
Thank you, Elizabeth and Marcia!
Pamela Dritt
25:39
Here's the survey link again. You can click on the blue link and it will take you to the poll website. https://pollev.com/jenng
Julie McClure
27:24
When you say Junction Village, you’re referring to the redevelopment of the grocery store site?
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
28:17
Junction Village refers to the assisted living residential development permitted in West Concord on Winthrop St.
Julie McClure
28:34
Ah, thank you for clarifying.
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
29:49
The project is at a critical decision point over the next month, which is why it is on people's mind. The project need additional local funds to proceed, after the town already committed significant funds.
Pamela Dritt
32:28
I think we should support Junction Village with more money IF they change their infrastructure to be all electric/heat pump. That will save the builder lots of money over the life of the building, and allow air conditioning in the building, which will be increasingly necessary because of extreme heat events due to climate change. Right now, Junction Village isn’t planning to install air conditioning.
Stephan Bader CHA
37:09
As a reference point, are items 1 2 and 3 different for Concord than they are for any other towns in our region?
Betsy OlssonMackowski
38:33
A Nipmuc friend of mine cannot afford to live in their ancestral homeland.
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
38:42
Stephan - The Concord trends are similar to others in the RHSO service area, though Concord's figures are different.
Jonathan Aibel
41:28
That seems likely to me -- that people in Concord might be interested in making an additional apartment, but do not need the extra income.
Betsy OlssonMackowski
42:10
ADUs are wonderful for multi-generational housing.
Julie McClure
42:45
Agreed re ADU’s
Julie McClure
43:15
Cohousing can be great if It is multigenerational
Frank Feeley
43:47
As long as ADU's do not become Air B&B's
Paul Jameson
46:36
Yes on 6
Allison Larew
46:46
numbers 5 & 6
Julie McClure
47:02
Is it possible to do a split screen with the numbered priorities?
Peter Lowitt
47:04
Helping most vulnerable
Pamela Dritt
47:06
I don't remember the options.
Paul Jameson
47:09
3 was intriguing-possibly important, not sure I understand it.
Peter Lowitt
47:35
Mbta community
Paul Jameson
47:36
4,5,and 6 were also very important.
Marjorie Daggett
48:06
1 thru 9 important
Julie McClure
48:28
Smart growth/sustainability/carbon net zero/DEI focus
Betsy OlssonMackowski
48:30
to clarify ADUs are wonderful for homeowners to keep aging relatives close by. I know in California, at resale, ADUs count towards the total square footage of your home so they are definitely a value added for homeowners too.
Ray Andrews
48:36
Zoning and encouraging ADUs
Paul Jameson
48:57
My preferences are in the chat. I had trouble on the poll website.
Betsy OlssonMackowski
49:31
more small homes would be so nice
Lee, Joshua
50:31
Actively working to make Concord more Diverse. Housing will be a huge part of the equation.
Mark Gailus
50:38
smaller homes. multifamily intergenerational. preserving natural environment supports both the wealthier and the poorer, and is a basis for climate resilience.
Lois Suarez
50:40
How is it that there is no option to add controls for reducing the AMI
Julie McClure
51:10
Could we view the list once again?
Betsy OlssonMackowski
51:18
would you be able to show the goals on the screen?
Betsy OlssonMackowski
51:31
I cannot remember all of them...
Mary White
51:34
At what point do continued growth and environmental protection become at odds with each other?
Paul Jameson
51:34
Keeping small homes and small lots.
Lois Suarez
52:27
Your whole approach to appears to look at controls for low cost units what if you capped the number of units at the top
Allison Larew
52:28
I question wether Concord will work to stabilize housing since history shows they incentivize builders of McMansions and Realtors.
Suzanne Foley
52:56
MBTA community creates. High density and a loss of parking spaces.
Julie McClure
53:29
All electric and new energy infrastructure
Julie McClure
53:33
Fix the gas leaks
Mark Gailus
53:34
general concern -- what is the role and what are the limitations of zoning laws as far as actually creating and maintaining a higher proportion of affordable housing,?
Mary White
54:07
How can more small homes be built when developers are continuously buying up the current small ones and replacing them with high end ones?
Allison Larew
54:21
Environmental/Green housing requirements for new homes being built that are over 1,500 square feet.
Allison Larew
54:39
Protection of existing smaller houses in neighborhoods
Julie McClure
56:27
Fund for retrofitting smaller homes to help people age in place. What if there was a local effort toward energy updating in the same spirit as MassSave, but a Concord specific version?
Lois Suarez
56:45
Perhaps in the future you might offer an worksheet as part of an agenda with your prepared goals, instructions for text, think empowering people to participate in multiple ways
Paul Jameson
56:59
I think the "character of the town" has to change if we want to make it more affordable.
Mark Gailus
57:13
Could a study focus on what combination of zoning, funding, etc. would be required to generate multigenerational/affordable/resilient/environmental (green roofs&electric) housing centers?
Paul Jameson
57:55
Perhaps the town government should build some houses itself.
Betsy OlssonMackowski
58:01
If we had better public transit, parking spaces would not be as needed.
Marjorie Daggett
58:05
Reduce the 2 core. Zoning
Allison Larew
58:19
Much of Concord is at risk of flooding- including Thoreau area. Green space requirements need to be increased.
Susan Mlodozeniec
01:01:53
I thought we already have a % of affordable units that need to be created w/new construction projects?
Lois Suarez
01:01:55
I’d like to get a print out of the slides that you have used tonight
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
01:03:22
We will post the slides on the town Housing Production Plan webpage on the town website
Diane Proctor
01:04:00
Thanks, Liz. I have been trying to take pictures. So grateful.
Betsy OlssonMackowski
01:04:16
Thank you!
Lois Suarez
01:04:43
Thanks Liz
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
01:07:21
Hi Susan - Different zoning mechanism have different requirements. The idea for this strategy is to increase the number of units required.
Susan Mlodozeniec
01:07:52
Thx Liz!
Jonathan Aibel
01:09:19
I really can't digest all these pages of strategies and answer a poll about them
Frank Feeley
01:10:14
Like duplex by right, but in one and two acre zones, permit up to four units in a single compatible building if total FAR is limited and all other zoning/environmental requirements are met
Allison Larew
01:10:32
Yes for ADUs and strenghten Duplexes, and explore municipal land
Paul Jameson
01:10:41
The town could hire a contracting company, the way the US government hires consultants
Suzanne Foley
01:11:03
Opportunities to use municipal land and buildings. Duplexes by right.
Paul Jameson
01:11:07
I like 13 the most, duplexes in all zones.
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
01:11:10
The strategies are very comprehensive. You can respond to ones that strike you as most important. You can also review the materials on the website when we post it, and provide some comments off line from the meeting.
Mark Gailus
01:11:27
If 10 per cent is a number that has been somewhat arbitrarily specified by the State legislature -- do we actually want a higher number for own reasons?
Frank Feeley
01:11:49
Lobby hard for transfer fee for affordable housing. Only way to get municipal money for subsidies without more real estate tax (do not agree with expanding CPA to 3%)
Lois Suarez
01:12:38
Looking at the multiple “village like clusters” of sustainability
Allison Larew
01:12:49
ADUs and duplexes do a lot to contribute to neighborhoods.
Paul Jameson
01:13:39
I want better biking infrastructure in all parts of town. We should be more like Europe In MY Opinion.
Jonathan Aibel
01:14:06
I’d be in favor of a better biking infrastructure.
Marjorie Daggett
01:14:21
No’s. 1,4,5, and 8
Paul Jameson
01:14:37
What are the issues with the Junction Village plans?
Mark Gailus
01:14:38
Invite non-profit developers of affordable housing to present to the public.
Marjorie Daggett
01:15:04
On local initiatives, numbers 1 ,4.
Jonathan Aibel
01:15:11
re: Junction Village -- Gratham is asking the town for money yet again
Marjorie Daggett
01:15:35
Under local initiatives, no. 8
Frank Feeley
01:15:37
Work with town to designate school surplus property for housing (Sanborn, Peabody, maybe Ripley)
Frank Feeley
01:16:01
Don't expand CPA %. Raises property taxes.
Marjorie Daggett
01:16:23
Capacity and Education, nos. 1, 2, and 3.
Paul Jameson
01:16:29
I don't understand the issues with question 6, (inclusionary zoning).
Lois Suarez
01:16:37
Stop the Top in other words, stop increasing the numbers of housing units at the in the top
Pamela Dritt
01:16:40
Also the issue with Junction Villiage is it isn't green: it isn't planning to be air conditioned: the developer said it would make window AC units available to residents if necessary, but they don't expect it will be.
Mark Gailus
01:17:52
I do not think that zoning alone will lead to a greater percentage of affordable housing. Zoning changes should follow and be designed to enable a more comprehensive multi-faceted vision.
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
01:18:34
The Junction Village project is at a critical decision point over the next month, which is why it is on people's mind. The project needs additional local funds to proceed due to the COVID-construction increases experienced nationally and here as well. This comes after the town already committed significant funds.
Pamela Dritt
01:19:14
Grantham is a for-profit developer doing Junction village, and they're using a cookie cutter technique that isn't green for their planned senior assisted living facility. It’ll be far more expensive to run.
Lois Suarez
01:21:56
The current plans as recently presented by the Christopher Heights group seemed to show no commitment to sustainability. For a reality check on the needs by elders air conditioning please check with the COA and Concord Housing Authority. Older frail people have less resiliency to withstand extra heat and humidity
Lois Suarez
01:23:41
Look to ways of radical change, be Brave
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
01:24:07
In my experience, no project is perfect. The town has invested 10 years into this project - and it has some merits. And some flaws. The project can barely make it with the design it has. Adding AC will increase the construction cost. I will ask how much more, so you can advocate for those additional funds. The project needs $1million for its current design. which is a stretch to get.
Frank Feeley
01:24:14
Work with Grantham to get a grant under Federal Green legislation to go electric. We won't get Junction Village if we impose a requirement to be electric. Further delay is death, but they might be interested if they can get additional money to be all electric.
Mark Gailus
01:25:29
Let's pool all possible resources to build the affordable units at Assabet Bluffs ASAP in the most environmentally responsible way.
Mark Gailus
01:26:32
Thank you!
Pamela Dritt
01:26:52
Yes like Frank Feeley said. Switching to all-electric will be CHEAPER to build and run than gas heat. It will be CHEAPER to run than gas buildings. It would include air conditioning. We should incentivize the builder to do this to cut costs, not increase them.
Julie McClure
01:27:16
Very helpful. Thank you!
Lois Suarez
01:28:39
Where can we see a graph showing the numbers of housing units at all price points since the last plan?
Carol Savoy
01:29:00
Thank you-very helpful. Lots of good ideas from JM Goldson and the Concord attendees- hope they will be incorporated in the HPP
Pamela Dritt
01:29:20
Elizabeth, we aren't discussing perfection. All electric is necessary and very inexpensive when designed into the project at the start.
Susan Mlodozeniec
01:31:03
Totally agree Pamela, & our very own CMLP is decarbonizing our electric supply, which makes all electric building even cleaner. Why pay national grid when u can get clean electricity from CMLP?
Ray Andrews
01:31:12
Laura, Liz, Marcia, Thank you for all the info and the process.
Carol Savoy
01:31:22
Agree anything build in Concord Affordable or not should be All electric going forward
Elizabeth Rust RHSO
01:31:30
Lois - thank you for the suggestion of looking into putting together a graph of home prices since the last plan. We'll look into that.
Lois Suarez
01:31:35
Thank you
Lois Suarez
01:32:40
Again thanks Liz
Lois Suarez
01:35:30
Even if there are retrofit monies why in the world should a new place be built with intent to retrofit before it’s built?
Betsy OlssonMackowski
01:43:23
thank you! I appreciate the resources. Good night!
Karen Belinky
01:44:21
I think what is being said about Junction Village is compelling. I was not leaning in that direction. It is important for people in town to understand what is at stake here.
Stephan Bader CHA
01:45:31
Thank you all!
Julie McClure
01:45:42
Thank you again for your work on this. :)
Susan Mlodozeniec
01:45:52
Thanks for this presentation!
Jeanne Griffith
01:45:55
thank you !
Lois Suarez
01:45:57
Thank you!
Keith Bergman
01:46:00
Thank you all!
moira walsh
01:46:48
Thanks Laura and staff