The Barrington Planning Board, Technical Review Committee and Housing Board of Trustees hosted a pre-application meeting with representatives of the East Bay Community Development Corporation. While the EBCDC has not officially submitted a comprehensive permit for the project, the pre-application meeting is a chance for local officials – and this case, the public – to weigh in with questions and comments on the 48-unit Sowams Road development.
The public’s questions covered everything from traffic issues to drainage concerns, economic impacts and trash collection. Pre-application meeting’s do not typically allow for public comment though interest in the proposal spurred a change for Tuesday night’s meeting.
Frank Spinella is EBCDC’s consultant on the project. He said there is a “huge need” for this kind of project and roughly 20 percent of those living in Barrington would meet income requirements to be eligible for housing within the development.
Don Powers, of Union Studio, is the project’s architect. His presentation was similar to one delivered at an informational meeting in November.
Representatives of all three boards took turns asking questions of the developer, which centered on similar issues as the public.
The next step in the process is the master plan stage. Mr. Spinella said he expects the project’s official application to be submitted within 60 days. The public will have another chance to comment both at the master plan and preliminary design stages.