Economic Development bill advances in House and Senate

Big news! On Tuesday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 4887, An Act enabling partnerships for growth, that included many priorities championed by Great Neighborhoods on zoning reform, affordable housing, and tenant protections. The Senate passed its version yesterday, Senate Bill 2842. Both bills include Governor Baker’s Housing Choice reforms, which will make it easier for cities and towns to approve smart growth zoning and affordable housing by reducing the required vote from a supermajority to a simple majority. [Note that it will not affect Boston because the city has separate state zoning rules.] We see this as a civil rights victory that will help

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