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Housing Choice Legislation to Address Housing Shortage


Massachusetts has been experienceing a robust economy combined with a lag in housing starts over the past 20 years which has created a tight housing market and increasing home prices.  NSAR supports the proposed Housing Choice legislation to help spur new housing by making it easier to permit certain projects.

"What Housing Choice does is lower the threshold of local approval for housing production from a two-thirds vote ... to move that down from two-thirds to a simple majority for about nine different types of housing developments," says state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.

Many housing projects that have garnered a majority vote often fail to win supermajority when it comes to winning approval, he said.

The bill would lower the approval threshold for transit-oriented developments, in which at least 10 percent of apartments are affordable

Read the full Gloucester Daily Times coverage about North Shore Community efforts here.

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