SECTION 1 Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 20 through 23 of chapter 40B of the General Laws, or of any general or special law or Massachusetts regulation to the contrary, the determination of whether the Town of Littleton has low or moderate income housing in excess of ten per cent of the total housing units reported in the latest federal decennial census for the Town of Littleton for purposes of section 20 of said chapter 40B, which determination is reflected in a list known as the Subsidized Housing Inventory (“SHI”) as maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development or by a successor department regardless of its name, shall be calculated as follows. As of the date an approval decision is filed with the Littleton Town Clerk and through and including the expiration date of the decision as provided by applicable statute or regulation and any extension of such decision granted by action of the Town or the General Court, the SHI shall include all of the following:
1. Any affordable housing unit approved under any local zoning provision under G.L. c.40A, including a so-called Local Initiative Program project, provided that the affordable unit shall be required to have a permanent deed restriction to restrict occupancy or ownership of the unit to an “Income Eligible Household” as presently defined under the Department’s regulations at 760 CMR 56.02;
2. Any affordable Housing unit in a homeownership project approved under G.L. c.40B or G.L. c.40R; and
3. Any rental housing unit in a rental project approved under G.L. c.40B or G.L. c.40R. Provided further that if any such approval decision is appealed, the unit or units at issue shall continue to be listed on the SHI unless and until the approval decision is finally overturned by a court of competent jurisdiction.
SECTION 2 This act shall apply to all housing units meeting the requirements of section 1 wherein the relevant approval decision was filed with the Littleton Town Clerk on or after January 1, 2000.
SECTION 3 This act shall take effect upon its passage.
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