What are the next steps?

Westfield is now in what is called the “compliance phase,” which means that the Town is carrying out the tasks agreed to in 2017 by the Mayor and Council. Implementing ordinances and adoption of the Housing Element and Fair Share Plan must be in place by mid-March. On April 16, the Superior Court will hold what is called a Compliance Hearing where it will review the housing plan for compliance with applicable rules; likely grant the Town immunity from builder’s remedy lawsuits; and provide for ongoing monitoring of the Town’s affordable housing strategy.

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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?