Town of Nantucket, MA
Nantucket County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Nantucket 4-12-2004 by Art. 23, approved 9-3-2004.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Affordable housing covenants — See Ch. A301, § A301-11.
[1]
Editor's Note: This bylaw also repealed former Ch. 100, Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, adopted 4-30-2003 ATM by Art. 55, approved 7-22-2003.

§ 100-1 Designation and authorization of Nantucket Housing Authority.

By this chapter, which shall be known as Chapter 100 of the Code of the Town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Town, pursuant to Section 2 of Chapter 301 of the Acts of 2002,[1] hereby establishes the program hereafter to be known as the "Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program" and designates the Nantucket Housing Authority (the "Authority") as the agency to create, administer and enforce Nantucket Housing Needs Covenants under the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program. The Authority may, pursuant to applicable law, implement the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program through contracts with qualified entities, or by otherwise obtaining assistance for some or all aspects of the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, if the Authority determines that such assistance is in the public interest.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A301, § A301-11, Affordable housing covenants.

§ 100-2 Purpose and means.

As set forth in Chapter 301 of the Acts of 2002, the purpose of the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program is to create, make available and maintain housing that is affordable to those who earn less than 150% of the Nantucket County median household income, from those situated in lower income groups, to those situated in more moderate or middle income groups, to help all these groups to continue to reside on Nantucket if they wish to do so, and to generate and preserve affordable housing in the Town of Nantucket in perpetuity, all in order to maintain Nantucket's diversity and unique sense of community. To accomplish these important community objectives, the Authority may, within the Nantucket Needs Housing Program, create, administer and enforce a series of Nantucket Housing Needs Covenants (an "NHNC").

§ 100-3 Subprograms; ownership and rental covenants.

A. 
Within the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, the Authority may create and administer a series of subprograms and NHNCs, based on different levels of household income, provided that no subprogram or NHNC shall be created for or available to people or households earning more than 150% of the Nantucket County median household income (a "subprogram"). For illustration only, without limitation, a subprogram may be established hereunder based on affordability to people or households earning at or below 80% of the Nantucket County median income. For each Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program subprogram there shall be created an appropriate NHNC to effectuate said subprogram.
B. 
Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant ("NHNC"). An NHNC may regulate the terms of the purchase, sale and ownership of real property, including real property held as a condominium, or an NHNC may regulate the terms of the rental of real property, or both.
(1) 
The Authority may create a series of subprograms and NHNCs that relate to and regulate the terms of the purchase, sale and ownership of real property not held as a condominium, which NHNCs shall be known as an "Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant — Ownership Form."
(2) 
The Authority may create a series of subprograms and NHNCs that relate to and regulate the terms of the purchase, sale and ownership of real property held as a condominium, which NHNCs shall be known as an "Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant — Condominium Form."
(3) 
The Authority may create a series of subprograms and NHNCs that relate to and regulate the terms of the rental and leasing of real property, which NHNCs shall be known as an "Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant — Rental Form."
C. 
The Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, each subprogram and each NHNC shall include, without limitation, provisions, consistent with this Chapter 100, with Chapter 301 of the Acts of 2002,[1] and with Chapter 184 of the Massachusetts General Laws, if applicable under § 100-7 hereinbelow, addressing the following elements:
(1) 
Income and asset limits for eligible households;
(2) 
A definition of affordability;
(3) 
An affordability use restriction on the properties affected by a subprogram and an NHNC;
(4) 
Procedures whereby the Authority shall periodically receive and review reports pertaining to each NHNC;
(5) 
Provisions that the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, each subprogram and each NHNC shall be created and administered in a nondiscriminatory manner; and
(6) 
Enforcement provisions designed to assure compliance with the purpose and intent of this Chapter 100 and with the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, subprograms and NHNCs.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A301, § A301-11, Affordable housing covenants.

§ 100-4 Regulations.

Pursuant to applicable law, and consistent with this Chapter 100, the Authority shall promulgate and adopt rules and regulations to implement and administer the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, subprograms and the NHNCs. All such rules and regulations shall be known as the "Nantucket Housing Needs Program Covenant Regulations" and shall be kept on file with the office of the Town Clerk of the Town of Nantucket.

§ 100-5 Appeals; special reviews; waivers.

A. 
At the request of any seller, purchaser, lessor or tenant or prospective seller, purchaser, tenant or lessor, who has a grievance relating to the administration of the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, any subprogram, the Nantucket Housing Needs Program Covenant Regulations or any NHNC, the Authority, or a committee thereof (the "Appeal Board"), shall conduct a review appeal to consider any such grievance in accordance with procedures set forth in the Nantucket Housing Needs Program Covenant Appeals Board Regulations, as provided below in § 100-5C.
B. 
The Appeal Board shall conduct a special review for a waiver from the strict application of this Chapter 100 or from the Nantucket Housing Needs Program Covenant Regulations. The Appeal Board may, at its sole discretion, grant a request for a waiver or waivers, with or without conditions, if it finds that the approval of such waiver or waivers (1) shall not substantially derogate from the intent and purpose of this Chapter 100 and the Nantucket Housing Needs Program Covenant Regulations, and (2) shall alleviate a substantial hardship for the applicant(s) for such waiver or waivers.
C. 
Pursuant to this Chapter 100 and to other applicable law, the Authority shall create rules and regulations pertaining to the Appeals Board and to the conduct of appeals and special reviews hereunder. Said rules and regulations shall be known as the "Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program Appeals Board Regulations," and shall be on file with the Town Clerk of the Town of Nantucket.

§ 100-6 Enforcement.

In addition to the enforcement provisions provided for under § 100-3C(6) of this Chapter 100, and without limiting any other available remedies or penalties, any person who submits false information in connection with any documentation required under the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, any subprogram, any NHNC or under the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program Regulations or who violates the requirements of the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program, any subprogram, any NHNC or of the Nantucket Housing Needs Covenant Program Regulations may be punished by a fine of not more than $300. Each day or part thereof during which such violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense. As an alternative to criminal prosecution or civil action, the Town of Nantucket may elect to utilize the non-criminal disposition procedure set forth in MGL c. 40, § 21D, and in §§ 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5 and 1-6 of the Code of the Town of Nantucket with a penalty of $300 for each violation, each day or part thereof during which a violation occurs constituting a separate offense.

§ 100-7 Relation to Chapter 184 of Massachusetts General Laws.

In the event that any NHNC may not be enforceable in perpetuity under Chapter 301 of the Acts of 2002,[1] or where the Authority determines that it would further the intent and purpose of this Chapter 100, the Authority may require that, in addition to the requirements of this Chapter 100, any NHNC also conform to the requirements of Chapter 184 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, relative to the creation and maintenance of perpetual affordable housing restrictions.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. A301, § A301-11, Affordable housing covenants.

§ 100-8 Relation to Chapter 40B of Massachusetts General Laws.

At its discretion, consistent with this Chapter 100, the Authority, with the Town's approval, to be obtained pursuant to applicable law, may take all necessary steps to qualify any real property affected by an NHNC, for inclusion in the Town's so-called "Subsidized Housing Inventory," as defined by Chapter 408 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, and the regulations thereto. The Nantucket Housing Needs Program Covenant Program, subprograms, NHNCs and regulations may contain provisions to ensure inclusion of any real property affected by an NHNC in the Town's Subsidized Housing Inventory, defined hereinabove.

§ 100-9 Previous forms of Chapter 100.

The adoption of this form of Chapter 100 shall repeal, in its entirety, the existing form of Chapter 100, and shall replace it with this form of Chapter 100. Notwithstanding the repeal and replacement of the previous form of this Chapter 100, any and all agreements, covenants, rules, regulations and the like created pursuant to previous forms of this Chapter 100 shall remain in full force and effect, subject to the provisions of the form of Chapter 100, and the regulations thereto, effective at the time of their recording or filing for registration.