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5.18.18 South Peabody May See More Development

South Peabody, which has seen significant development in recent years, may be looking at an additional 24-unit subdivision being built in an area abutting Ralph Road. Plans for the Stonegate project will be reviewed by the Planning Board on June 7th. Residents will have an opportunity to voice any concerns at a meeting to be held prior to the Planning Board review. For more details see this article from the Salem News.

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4.30.18 Lynn Holds Public Meeting on Waterfront Development

The City of Lynn is holding its thrid public meeting to discuss the Lynn Waterfront Open Space Master Plan on Aptil 30th at the Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St. The meeting begins at 6:00pm. The draft Open Space Master Plan will be presented followed by an open discussion. 

 

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3.24.18 State House Moves Forward with Tax on Short-Term Rentals

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that imposes a tax on short term rentals and will allow local communities to add an additional tax. The bill will now make its way to Senate. This will allow communities that have been seeking a way to collect revenue from short term rentals to move ahead with their plans. The City of Salem sent a home-rule petition to the legislature earlier in the year seeking permission to tax short term rental in their community. Read more about it in this article from the State House News Service published in the Worcester Telegram.

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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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