Are there plans already in place to develop these areas in the overlay zones?

There are some plans already underway to develop properties within the overlay zone districts. For example, a developer has come forward to develop the “Pan Am Cleaners” site (near the corner of South Avenue and Westfield Avenue) which presently contains vacant, boarded up buildings and is in need of redevelopment. In addition, there are plans to redevelop properties along South Avenue at the Garwood border including those occupied today by auto repair, storage, and industrial buildings. Finally, plans are in place to redevelop certain properties along Ross Place. However, for the vast majority of properties within the overlay zone districts, no development proposals have been put forward.

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1. Why does Westfield need to provide an opportunity for low and moderate income housing?
2. What if Westfield decided not to provide an opportunity for low and moderate income housing?
3. How does the law define affordable housing? What’s the difference between low and moderate income housing?
4. What is the Fair Share Housing Center and why is there a settlement agreement with it?
5. Why even settle? Why not litigate?
6. What does the Settlement Agreement call for?
7. What is an overlay zone?
8. Where are the “overlay zones?”
9. The Settlement Agreement says that the Town has a rehabilitation share of 9 units, a prior round obligation of 139 units, and a prospective need obligation of 1090 units. That seems like a lot! What d
10. Are there plans already in place to develop these areas in the overlay zones?
11. What are these developments going to look like, and will Westfield become urbanized?
12. What impact will these new residential developments have on traffic and schools?
13. What are the next steps?