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Affordable-housing plans shaking up suburbs

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A 136-unit Chapter 40B development is under construction on Greendale Avenue in Needham. It replaces two-single family homes on six acres.
A 136-unit Chapter 40B development is under construction on Greendale Avenue in Needham. It replaces two-single family homes on six acres. David L. Ryan/Globe staff

As the demand rises for lower-cost homes and apartments in Boston’s western suburbs, builders from Brookline to Ashland are proposing a flurry of multifamily developments under the state’s affordable-housing law.

But the plans are meeting resistance in some neighborhoods traditionally dominated by single-family homes.

At a recent meeting in Wellesley, a longtime resident urged selectmen to “take control” of the plans being pitched under Chapter 40B, a state law that waives some local zoning in favor of affordable housing.

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