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Bellingham Residents
Thank you for your support in favor of Article 19

Welcome Message from Ron Bonvie

Welcome to the Information Page for the proposed Active Adult, Lifestyle Community at New England Country Club in Bellingham, MA. Here is where you will find the latest news and updates on all aspects of this proposed project, including important dates for permitting and approvals, drafts of architectural & site plans as they become available, and notices of public information sessions that we encourage you, your friends & neighbors to attend and provide input and feedback to us. Our goal is to engage the residents of Bellingham throughout this process and be available to you to answer any questions that you might have and address your concerns. We are confident that together we can create a community that satisfies an existing need for housing for adults 55 and over in town, that is visually attractive and fits in with Bellingham’s natural charm, and that will help to create an economic boost that will be beneficial to all.

Our Request of You

The first step in the process is for the Bonvie Homes team, in partnership with New England Country Club owner Rod Walkey, to share with you, the residents of Bellingham, what we envision this active adult (55+) lifestyle community might look like and what it could mean for the Town of Bellingham.  We then want to hear from you – we want to answer your questions, address any of your concerns, and then most importantly, we want your input.

At Town Meeting on June 13th, the residents of Bellingham will be asked to vote yay or nay on an “alternative zoning option” for the property – referred to as an “Active Adult Overlay District” (AAOD). A favorable two-thirds (2/3) majority vote for the article at Town Meeting is necessary and approval of the District simply means that the required zoning for this type of development would be an option on the New England Country Club property (age restricted, residential housing). It would indicate to us that enough Bellingham residents are in favor of the idea we are proposing that we should continue to explore the viability of the project. Bonvie Homes will then begin the necessary environmental, economic and traffic impact studies, and will invest in the engineering work and architectural & landscape design plans for the development at this time.

The Active Adult Overlay District designates the Bellingham Planning Board as the Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA). Each individual phase of the development will require a special permit from the SPGA, which would occur only after proper public notice and public hearing, as Bonvie Homes customarily does, and as is required by law. Other approvals, such as those required by the Conservation Commission and Board of Health, will also be required, and will include a public notice and hearing process as well.

Our goal throughout the Town Meeting and subsequent approval process is to be as transparent as possible, making our plans, our designs, and the results of each of the impact studies, all public and available to anyone interested in this proposed community. The Bonvie Homes team takes great pride in what we do and how we do it. We feel we have a great partner in Rod Walkey and together we see great promise in the lifestyle community we are proposing to build. We encourage supporters to come to the Town Meeting at Bellingham High School this evening, June 13th at 7:25 PM and vote in favor of Article 19.

For more information or for questions, please email Torrey Spilman, Communications Director at Bonvie Homes, TSpilman@bonviehomes.com or call 800-840-7775.

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