In an earlier note, I detailed some of the characteristics that make senior housing attractive. This housing could include a combination of:
- Clustered homes and apartments with neighbors nearby for ease of access and social interaction
- A mix of unit sizes, to serve the differing needs of Lyme residents
- A variety of services: shared space for living and dining, on-site management and aides, garages, elevators, etc.
- Attractive (but not necessarily low-income) pricing
- Economic feasibility for a commercial developer
- Lyme Common District: Not really. The Planning Board’s recent build-out analysis shows that the Lyme Common District can only support a certain amount of “infill” development – adding one or a few units to the existing homes. There isn’t enough land, water, or septic capacity for significant new housing.
- Commercial District: Perhaps. But it’s more than two miles from the Lyme Post Office. Do we want to encourage development so far from the center of town?
What Could Lyme Do?
- Multiple buildings on a parcel
- Up to six business or dwelling units per building
- As much footprint, lot coverage and gross floor areas as allowed in the district
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