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More land opens for developer in Walpole

April 22, 2014

Sharon Country Day Camp, on Common Street at the Walpole-Sharon line, closed for good in February due to the passing of one of their owners. The camp operated for 51 years.

The closing of that camp opens up a 24-acre property that could be bought up for development. Some residents are concerned that a 40B developer may swoop in and purchase the property.

The property is near School Meadow Brook and has a small three-acre swimming and boating pond. The camp’s website boasted that the camp has “30 acres of woodlands, natural trails, streams, and a beautiful spring fed pond.” It also has easy access to Route 1 nearby.

If a developer succeeds in constructing an affordable housing complex on Moose Hill Road, the town can institute a temporary moratorium on new 40B applications. That’s because Walpole has a Housing Production Plan, which shows the state that the town is making an effort to put more affordable housing in the community. The Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development can certify that with the addition of new affordable housing, such as the Moose Hill development, Walpole is making an effort to comply with the Plan and thus can impose a moratorium. This moratorium can last one year if the town has produced 0.5 percent of its year-round affordable housing units, or two years if it has produced 1 percent.

 

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