518 South Avenue

A local developer, working with the Hanover Company, has proposed a 200-unit* rental project for the three parcels located at 510, 518 and 540 South Avenue. The development is called Hanover Weston and is proposed to be built on 4.5 acres within a total of 9.5 acres of land.

Wetlands Protect Act - Notice of Intent Filing & Public Hearings

The Hanover Company, through its environmental consultant, has submitted its Notice of Intent application to Weston’s Conservation Commission. This is a required step per the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections due to proposed work within the buffer zone to wetland resource area. The application materials are available online for public review (link below). To follow process, subscribe to receive email/text notification of when Conservation Commission agendas are posted to the website. Agendas are posted at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting.

Comprehensive Permit Public Hearings

The Hanover Company, with 518 South Ave LLC, has filed an application for the comprehensive permit for Hanover Weston. This application triggers a judicial process where members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hold a series of public hearings to receive information regarding the project. These public hearings must be held within a set time frame and a decision is filed at the end. This is a prescribed process set by state law. All documents developed during the public hearing process are posted online and can be found by following the public hearing documents link below. 

The ZBA comprehensive permit public hearing for Hanover Weston opened in August of 2019 and immediate closed. The project is currently under appeal in court. If the project comes back to the ZBA, residents can receive notification of hearing notices/agendas by subscribing to the ZBA at Weston.org/StayInformed.

Project Eligibility Letter

Town comments regarding this project were submitted to MassHousing, which then issued its Project Eligibility Letter (PEL) on July 1, 2019 for this development. This allowed the developer to file for a Comprehensive Permit through the Zoning Board of Appeals. Both the Town comments and the signed PEL can be found below.

Project Eligibility Letter/Site Approval Application

On March 19, 2019, the Hanover Company submitted the following Project Eligibility application to MassHousing, with a copy to the Town. Upon notification from MassHousing, Town Officials were given a 30-day period (with a 10-day extension) to review and submit comments about the project. The application materials submitted to MassHousing are below. Town comments can be found above.

To Follow This Project

All Town Government meetings are posted to the Calendar of Meetings at Weston.org/Meetings and all meeting agendas are posted online at Weston.org/AgendaCenter

Interested residents may subscribe to receive email or text notification of when meetings, agendas, and minutes are posted online by visiting Weston.org/StayInformed. Boards/Committees to follow include the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Introductory Presentation

The development team made the following presentation to the Board of Selectmen on March 26th. This was revised on April 17th to show 200 units.

And the following presentation to the Planning Board on April 10th. The letter from the development team's attorney is to clarify the size of the project is 200 units.

Town Committee Meetings

  • Affordable Housing Trust - Jan. 30, 2019 and April 10, 2019
  • School Committee - Feb. 28, 2019
  • Conservation Commission - March 12, 2019
  • Board of Selectmen - March 26, 2019
  • Finance Committee - March 28, 2019
  • Planning Board - April 10, 2019
  • Traffic & Sidewalk Committee -  April 24, 2019

The developer has also met with various Town departments and abutters. Check meeting agendas of these committees to confirm discussions.

Background Information

The developer is proposing all rental units, which would help Weston meet its 10% affordable housing requirement (see 40B Introduction) and would help meet the housing needs and strategies identified in the Housing Production Plan.