Controversial workforce housing project receives green light in Bedford
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Despite a petition with about 1,100 signatures opposing the project, two local developers have received the green light to construct 93 apartments behind the high school.
On Monday, the planning board approved a site plan for the Bow Lane workforce housing project — a controversial proposal that has been debated in town for more than a year.
“The board can’t say ‘no’ because we don’t like,” said Harold Newberry, planning board member, stressing the board does not have the ability to deny an application simply because there is opposition to it.
Rather, the board’s responsibility is to make sure the site plan meets town requirements, he said, explaining that if town planners denied the application without sufficient reason, it would likely be overturned by the courts.