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Housing Choice legislation

Governor Charlie Baker filed the Housing Choices legislation in December 2017 to promote best practices for housing growth.  The bill was re-filed on February 27, 2019 and is House 3507.

 

Zoning changes that promote best practices for housing growth that would qualify for the simple majority threshold include:

 

  • Building mixed-use, multi-family, and starter homes, and adopting 40R “Smart Growth” zoning in town centers and near transit.

  • Allowing the development of accessory dwelling units, or “in-law” apartments.

  • Approving Smart Growth or Starter Homes districts that put housing near existing activity centers.

  • Granting increased density through a special permit process.

  • Allowing for the transfer of development rights and enacting natural resource protection zoning.

  • Reducing parking requirements and dimensional requirements, such as minimum lot sizes.

This legislation also includes a provision, added by the Joint Committee on Housing, that would reduce the voting threshold for a special permit issued by a local permit granting authority to a simple majority vote, for certain multi-family or mixed-use projects with at least 10% affordable units in locations near transit or, in centers of commercial activity within a municipality.

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Re-Filing of Housing Choices bill https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-files-new-housing-legislation-to-increase-housing-production-in

Here is some of what people are saying about the Housing Choices bill:

6/9/2019 

Boston Globe: Housing Crisis demands zoning fix

5/14/2019 

Advocates blast Governor’s housing bill

4/26/2019  

CHAPA statement supporting Housing Choices

5/14/2019 

Governor’s bill cheered and jeered at legislative hearing

5/14/2019

Massachusetts Municipal Association urges passage to boost production

5/14/2019 

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce supports Governor’s bill

4/25/2019

Baker steps up pressure for housing bill