Rep. Stanley Submits Three Housing Resolutions to Waltham City Council
Last week, Rep. Stanley submitted three resolutions on housing to the Waltham City Council. The resolutions request that the Waltham City Council create such a zoning district which will stream line the creation of affordable housing and avoid losing access to infrastructure and housing state grants; create a new ordinance called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and require developers of large properties to analyze the impact of their projects on fair housing (whether a new housing development alleviates or adds to efforts to build racially and economically integrated neighborhoods) and require large scale developers to create plans which advance housing accessibility; and post pandemic, the City allocate 5% of annual building permit fees to the Municipal Housing Trust Fund. Based on the last ten years, this would dedicate roughly $340,000 annually to the MHTF. Additionally, post pandemic, that the City Council adopt the Community Impact Fee (3%) on short term rentals (not hotels). By state law, 35% of this fee must be spent on affordable housing and/or public infrastructure.
Last month, Rep. Stanley, as chairman of the Waltham City Council’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Affordable Housing, submitted a 38-page comprehensive report to the Council on housing challenges in the City of Waltham. In January 2020, City Council President Paul Brasco at the suggestion of Rep. Stanley formed an Ad-Hoc Committee on Affordable Housing. The committee’s goals were to assess the status of housing in the city, to identify resources relative to housing at the local and state level and to make suggestions for consideration of the Mayor and the City Council in developing long-term housing solutions for Waltham. The Committee met ten times between February and December 2020 to discuss current housing issues, review data and receive information.