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Welcome to the Town of Chilmark, MA
Housing March 4 2014
C H I L M A R K   H O U S I N G   C O M M I T T E E


Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Chilmark Town Hall,

Present:  Ann Wallace, Andrew Goldman, Michelle Leonardi, Jessica Roddy, Jim Feiner, Roland Kluver

Absent:  Bill Rossi, William Randol

Minutes:  The Committee approved the draft minutes of January 24 2014

Accessory Apartments  Jessica Roddy presented a Draft Zoning Bylaw modeled on the accessory apartments bylaw developed by West Tisbury to increase available affordable rentals.  The West Tisbury program is managed by the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority (DCRHA). The Committee commended Jessica on this valuable work and made a number of suggested amendments which will be incorporated into the next draft.  The Committee also asked Marina Lent to develop a timeline showing the steps required that would allow the Town to bring a draft bylaw amendment to the September Special Town Meeting.

Nabs Corner:  The Committee discussed the possible timeline and selection process for affordable homesite housing at Nabs Corner.  They welcomed support for the project expressed by abutter Robert Lionette, himself a homesite recipient, and reaffirmed their support for Chilmark preference in the selection process. They noted that the agreement with the Hillman family allows prerogative in the selection process to the family.

Regarding the timeline for the project, Committee members felt that the duration and structure of the selection process is to some extent dependent on demand.  They asked Marina Lent to consult closely with the DCRHA about inquiries regarding Nabs Corner, and stressed the importance of being able to assess public interest in the available homesites.  They noted that any communication with the newspapers around the time of the end of the appeals process later on this month should include an appeal to the public, especially Chilmark residents, to contact the town if interested in a homesite opportunity. A June/July lottery would be a good opportunity to raise the profile of the need for affordable housing in Chilmark with the broader community of seasonal Chilmark landowners.

The Committee also noted that a well must be installed and a septic plan produced for each homesite lot prior to holding a lottery, and asked Marina Lent to follow up on these preparations.

Healthy Aging Task Force  Anne Wallace reported on the Task Force Working Group on Housing which addresses the urgent future need for additional affordable housing on Marthas Vineyard for  both seniors and supportive staff such as caregivers and healthcare providers.  She pointed out that Chilmark has the highest median age of the Island towns, as well as the lowest proportion of children under 18, so concerns relating to Healthy Aging are highly relevant to us.  The Working Group will address possible bylaw changes providing for accessory apartments and multiple-family housing, as well as incorporating more accessible design features into its building codes.  She stressed that the group is highly supportive of efforts of the Chilmark Housing Committee to make progress on accessory apartments in Chilmark.

Tiny Houses on tiny lots for tiny budgets   Marina Lent presented a power point presentation showing how code-compliant, tiny wooden houses on trailers of up to 170 ft2 in size, and conventional houses of  < 350ft2 might serve to increase affordable rental housing for smaller (one- to two-person) households in Chilmark, including senior housing.  The Committee thanked Marina and expressed interest in developing this concept further.

The next meeting of the Housing Committee will be held on March 24, 2014.

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