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2.16.18 Salem Pushes for Tax on Airbnb/Short-term Rentals

The Salem City Council recetly voted to send a home-rule petition to the State House which would allow the City to impose a 6% tax on all short-term rentals. Although it would bring increased revenue into the City coffers, many property owners need the added income to help them remain in their homes. See this article from the Salem News for more on this issue.

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1.16.18 Gloucester Mayor Vows to Move Ahead with Affordable Housing

As she begins her her third term, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken has set some ambitious goals one of which is to address Gloucester's affordable housing needs and has set her sights on minimizing the barriers to housing production in the city.
The City is currently working on projects with Action Inc. and the North Shore Community Development Coalition and plans to make zoning changes to encourage more multi-family development.
See related article in Gloucester Times.

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1.16.18 Governor Moves to Ease Zoning Changes

As part of his affordable housing initiative, Governor Charlie Baker has filed a bill that would reduce the current two-thirds majority vote required to pass zoning changes to a simple majority which would make it easier for cities and towns to increase the density of development and reduce parking requirements.

Read more on the Governor's plan in this article from the Eagle Tribune

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12.7.17 Town of Danvers Moves Forward with Housing Efforts

At its Dec. 4th Town Meeting, the Town of Danvers took a step forward in its effort to create more affordable housing for its residents. The passing vote on Article 9 established a 14-acre 40R Overlay District in the Maple Street area which will allow higher density development. The Town also passed several zoning bylaw changes that will aid in creating more housing.

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12.6.17 Hamilton/Ipswich Consider Zoning Changes at Town Meetings

Both the Towns of Hamilton and Ipswich proposed changes to their zoning bylaws at recent Town Meetings in an effort to increase the housing supply in their respective towns.

Hamilton proposed three warrant articles all of which involved establishing overlay districts in specific areas of town. Only one of the proposed articles (Willow Street Overlay) passed at Town Meeting while the other two (Estate Overlay and Cottage Housing Overlay) were soundly defeated.

The Town of Ipswich proposed two articles addressing zoning changes that would allow the Planning Board to increase the number of dwelling units and provide for the development of "in-fill" housing on currently vacant or under-utilized land. Both articles passed by a substantial margin.

To assist its members in making informed decisions on these issues, NSAR provided in-depth analyses of all of the proposed articles to REALTOR®-residents prior to both Town Meetings.


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11.2.17 Housing-Related Articles To Be Presented at Upcoming Town Meetings

Three articles relating to housing will be considered at the Hamilton Town Meeting on Saturday, Nov 4th at 9:00am and two articles proposing changes to zoning bylaws will be considered at the Ipswich Town Meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 7:00pm. The Hamilton articles propose three overlay districts to increase contruction of residential properties in the town. Ipswich articles would provide "in fill" housing to be contructed.

View Hamilton warrant articles.

View Ipswich warrant articles.


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