SECTION 1. Section 2 of chapter 40R of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the words “and scheduled bus stops” within the “eligible locations” definition following the words “transit stations.”
SECTION 2. Said Section 2 of said chapter 40R, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out section (3) of the definition of “eligible locations” and inserting in place thereof the following:- (3) areas approved by the planning board or the legislative body of the city or town that by virtue of their infrastructure, transportation access (including highway or roadway access), existing underutilized facilities, and/or location make highly suitable locations for residential or mixed use smart growth zoning districts. Without limitation, the Department shall recognize as an area of concentrated development qualifying as an eligible location any area zoned in whole or in part for commercial or industrial use with or without existing structures.
SECTION 3.Section 6f of said Chapter 40R, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following sentence at the end of said section:- For any overlay district in an area of such a city or town which is served neither by a municipal sewer system nor by a municipal water supply system, a hardship shall be presumed to exist, and the Department shall approve overlay zoning at lower densities than the minimum allowable densities otherwise established by this chapter, provided that the reduced density requested shall not be less than 4 units per acre, regardless of housing type.
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