The latest information about the association, our brokerage community, and the real estate industry.
Manchester MBTA Taskforce to Present Status Report at Town Meeting
The Manchester-by-the-Sea MBTA task force will present a “status report” at the upcoming November 13 Special Town Meeting. The status report will provide an update on the taskforce’s efforts to study the 3A zoning requirements and to make recommendations to the town on how to address the State Law
Update: Beverly ADU Ordinance
After discussing the proposed ADU ordinance at the September 4th and 18th City Council meetings, the Beverly City Council is seeking a recommendation on potential revisions from the Planning Board.
Haverhill City Council Approves Buyout Option for Developers
The Haverhill City Council voted to approve a buyout fee that developers would have to pay to the Affordable Housing Trust to opt out of building affordable units.
Danvers Climate Action Plan
The Danvers Selectboard discussed the draft Resilient Danvers Climate Action, Sustainability, Preservation and Resiliency (CASPR) plan at their meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. The draft CASPR climate action plan outlines strategies to reduce carbon emissions and increase sustainability in Danvers.
Wenham Tree Management Plan Update
At the August 8, 2023, Wenham Selectboard meeting, Conservation and Open Space Coordinator Kate Mallory made a presentation to the Selectboard on the Wenham Tree Management Plan.
Proposed Zoning Changes in Haverhill
At their August 8th meeting, the Haverhill City Council discussed inclusionary zoning, updating the city’s Housing Production Plan, and reducing the minimum lot size in the Medium Density (RM) and Rural Density (RR) zones.
Haverhill to Develop Affordable ADU Assistance Pilot Program
Representative Andy Vargas secured a $50,000 earmark in the state budget to provide assistance Haverhill residents seeking to build an affordable Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). The financial assistance will take the form of a grant or a low interest loan.
Shetland Park Engagement Study Completed
The Shetland Park Planning Engagement Study, which was a collaboration between the Prime Group Development Team and the City of Salem Planning Department, has been completed.
Ipswich Planning Board Considers ADU Ordinance Update
On July 27, 2023, the Ipswich Planning Board held a meeting where they discussed a potential zoning amendment to the town’s ADU ordinance.
Georgetown MBTA Compliance Update
Earlier in the year, Georgetown received a $20,000 grant from the state for technical assistance to comply with multifamily zoning requirements for MBTA communities, commonly referred to as 3A.
Manchester MBTA Taskforce Mission Statement
The Manchester-by-the-Sea MBTA Zoning Task Force finalized their mission statement at their July 20, 2023, meeting.
Salem Revisits Inclusionary Zoning
Salem is revisiting the implementation of an inclusionary zoning ordinance, which was not passed by the City Council in 2019. The Salem Affordable Housing Trust will serve as the project advisory committee and will engage with the City Council and Planning Department beginning in September.