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Lawmakers Propose Easing 40R Approval


The legislature is currently considering a measure that would make it easier for Massachusetts communities to approve smart growth overlay districts as part of their overall housing production plan.

40R smart growth districts allow for greater density which can result in an increase in a community's affordable housing stock. Chapter 40R provides economic incentives to communities that choose to adopt the zoning provision.

Currently, a two-thirds vote is required for approval of a smart growth overlay district. The proposed bill would reduce the required vote to a simple majority.

Read more in this article from the Lowell Sun.



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