Multi-family housing must be allowed as-of-right. This means that no variance or special permits are required. Site Plan Review is allowable. The regulations shall be without age restrictions and shall be suitable for families with children.
A compliant district must have a minimum gross density of 15 units per acre.
The district must be of “reasonable” size, which the Commonwealth has defined as a minimum of 50 acres in total area. The district does not have to be contiguous, however, and can contain parcels in different areas with a minimum area of 5 acres and at least one contiguous area including half of the required district size.
The district must create capacity for at least 10% of the existing housing stock in Dracut. This means an additional 1,233 residential units. Compliance at the minimum allowable density, 15 units per acre, will require 82.2 acres of land.