Planning & Zoning

We need to reform our state’s planning, zoning, and permitting laws to support communities that work for families and seniors. Great neighborhoods offer housing choices, are vibrant and healthy places that protect open space and natural resources, allow cities & towns to plan for the future, and establish predictable permitting for small businesses and property owners.

We urge the Legislature to pass, at a minimum, Governor Baker’s Housing Choice legislation by November 2019. We also call on the Legislature to identify new sources of revenue for affordable housing, and to convene a task force to recommend additional policies to combat displacement, increase multi-family housing, and promote accessory apartments by the end of this year. We expect that a second package of housing proposals will be prepared for a vote in each branch by July 31, 2020.

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Gov. Baker’s Housing Choice Initiative

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If you would like to join this effort, please contact our executive director André Leroux.