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40B requests pass Town Meeting

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Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly last Monday in favor of two articles that could affect how the town applies the state’s Chapter 40B affordable housing law. One, a home-rule petition, would allow Norton to count affordable housing units that are approved, but remain unbuilt, toward the town’s inventory. The other seeks state legislation that would effect a similar change for all communities; both articles would need approval from the Legislature. In other business, Town Meeting approved a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries; a demolition-delay bylaw; an agreement for payment in lieu of taxes with Enfinity SPV, a company that plans to build a 2-megawatt solar-power generating facility on East Hodges Street; and an article allowing the Board of Selectmen to enter into power-purchase agreements. Town Manager Michael Yunits said the Enfinity project would bring the town $15,000 a year per megawatt in payments from the company.

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