DEP must sign off on the plan because of the wetlands and because of violations by Emerald Pines’ previous owner. Toll Brothers also settled claims with the federal Environmental Protection Agency in 2012 that it allowed polluted rain water to runoff its construction sites, including two in Methuen.
City officials estimate that construction and sale of the houses will generate $1 million in one-time permit revenue for the city and nearly $1.3 million in annual tax revenue. For comparison, Buckley has said the Loop generates $1.4 million in tax revenue every year.
Toll Brothers submitted its proposal to the Community Development Board and Conservation at the end of last year. Both boards held hearings on the project before voting to approve it.
Mayor Stephen Zanni’s owns one of the houses on Pine Tree Drive with his daughter and son-in-law, according to the city assessor’s office.
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