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    40B requests pass Town Meeting

    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.