Cloverleaf 40B Application

Plans

Cloverleaf Community Housing

The Town of Truro Zoning Board of Appeals received an application for a Comprehensive Permit under MGL Chapter 40B on November 7, 2019 for the Cloverleaf Community Housing project.

The application is for a project previously chosen by the Select Board through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process. The selected developer, Community Housing Resource, also constructed the Sally’s Way development as well as many projects in Provincetown and Wellfleet.

The project site was received by the town at no cost from the state on the condition that the site be used for affordable housing. The site was reserved by the Department of Transportation for use as an additional on-ramp for Route 6, but there are no intentions to ever build the ramp. These on/off-ramps are commonly called a “cloverleaf” when there are two in each direction, giving the project its name.

The proposed project consists of 40 rental housing units on approximately 3.91 acres at 22 Highland Road and will include a mix of affordable, middle income, and unrestricted market rate rental units. The units are proposed in 11 separate buildings, with one building having an elevator to accommodate residents of all ages and physical abilities.

We encourage the public to provide comment throughout the process. All comment must be during a public hearing or submitted in writing to the Town Planner via email or at the Town Hall front desk.

This page will be updated with project materials as they are received. Additionally, a printed copy of the application is available for review at the Town Hall administration desk. If you have further questions, please contact Town Planner Jeffrey Ribeiro at jribeiro@truro-ma.gov or (508) 214-0928.

Hearing Schedule

All hearings are at 5:30pm in the Select Board Meeting Room at Town Hall. Please continue to check for updates.

Next Hearing

  • Procedural Hearing: Thursday, January 16th (No substantive actions will occur and no testimony will be taken.)

Proposed Continued Hearings

  •  Monday, February 24th.

Additional hearings may follow those listed here.

Previous Hearings

  • Thursday, November 21st
  • Thursday, December 5th
  • Thursday, December 12th
  • Thursday, December 19th

Project Files

Last Updated 12/27

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About MGL Chapter 40B

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40B Sections 20-23 lay out a process for the issuance of “Comprehensive Permits” for affordable housing projects. These projects are commonly referred to as “40B” projects although Chapter 40B deals with many aspects of community and regional planning.

The projects are called Comprehensive Permits in that the Zoning Board of Appeals is the sole local board reviewing the project for a streamlined permitting process. All other local boards, such as the Board of Health, Planning Board, and Conservation Commission provide comments to the Zoning Board, but all decisions are made by the Zoning Board.

Many people think that Comprehensive Permit projects can ignore local regulations altogether, but in fact the developer requests waivers from any local requirements from zoning or other local regulations. These waivers can be negotiated with the developer so long as the limits do not make the project uneconomic. 

Projects must still meet all state regulations and requirements such as Title V of the state sanitary code and state wetlands regulations.

Affordability levels are based on the Area Median Income (AMI) of Barnstable County. Housing referred to as Affordable Housing with a capital “A” generally references units restricted to those who make 80% of AMI or below. This works out to $51,250 for a single-person household or $73,200 for a four-person household for 2019. Rents are based on 30% of income at those levels.

The Massachusetts Housing Partnership (a quasi-public state agency) has produced a guidebook that can be found here: