Council to hear housing plan proposal

The City Council on Thursday will hear a report from the Department of Community Development and Planning on a proposed housing production plan for the city. The plan outlines a strategy for Peabody to meet the requirement set under the state law Chapter 40B of having 10 percent of its housing stock affordable. Cities and towns below the 10 percent threshold that have a state-approved plan and meet their housing production goals gain control of Chapter 40B development in their communities. Peabody formerly exceeded the 10 percent threshold but dropped below it after the 2010 federal census, and is currently listed by the state at 9.1 percent. The council will hear the report in a committee of the whole meeting at 6:30 p.m., according to city clerk Timothy Spanos. Also at that session, councilors will review whether to make any changes to the salaries of the mayor and the City Council. At its regular meeting that night, which starts at 7:30 p.m., the council will hold a public hearing on an application by Melissa Guevin to open a canine pet care service at 558 Lowell St. The service would include boarding, grooming, and “doggy day care,” according to the application. The council will hold a public hearing into an application by Palmetto Motor Sales Ltd. for a Class II dealer license to operate a used car business at 98 Foster St. Spanos said the vacant site was formerly occupied by another used car business.