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Former State Housing Officials Show Support for Governor’s Housing Production Bill

9.11.19

 

On September 4th, six former state housing officials (spanning 3 administrations) stood alongside Governor Charlie Baker in support of Baker's Housing Choice Initiative, a bill supported by REALTORS® since it's proposal. This comes a day after the last four Secretaries of Housing and Economic Development wrote an open letter in the Boston Business Journal in support.

An Act to Promote Housing Choices

Potential zoning changes that would be affected by the bill include:  adopting 40R Smart Growth zoning, reduction of minimum lot sizes, the allowing of accessory dwelling units by right, granting of a density increase through a special permit, and more.      

Executive Director of MassHousing and former Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay said during the event, “Massachusetts has a housing production crisis, but without the Governor’s Housing Choice legislation, cities and towns that want to be part of the solution cannot follow through.”

Governor Baker notes that time is critical heading into next spring's local town meetings where zoning ordinances will be voted upon.

You can find the State House's official press release here.

 

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