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An open letter, dated February 5, 2021 from the Manchester Board of Selectmen to the residents of town addressing the town's position and its options as the community faces the possible development of a 157-unit apartment complex at Upper School Street by a developer using the Massachusetts' 40B law to satisfy the town's state-mandated affordable housing requirements.

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The Town anticipates that a developer will be putting forth a proposal for a large apartment complex on Upper School Street across from Utopian Farm Stand and Atwater Avenue.  The proposal is for a “40B” project.  General Law Chapter 40B, Sections 22-23 of the Massachusetts state statutes, known as the Comprehensive Permit Law, or simply 40B, was enacted back in 1969 by the state to facilitate the construction of low- or moderate-income housing.  The law establishes a consolidated local review and approval process (one comprehensive permit) that is handled by the Zoning Board of Appeals to cover all aspects of the local approval process.