SECTION 1. The Massachusetts General Laws are hereby amended by inserting the following new chapter:
An Act for Community Housing Packages.
1.) The Department of Communities and Development, shall be authorized to create, after due consideration, Community Housing Packages (CHPs), for helping to create, and recruit, improved economics, across the 351 municipalities of Massachusetts, to expand, and strengthen local communities, and especially affordable, safe, and durable housing units. These CHPs, shall be part of a comprehensive state planning, and coordination process, intersecting with Master Planning processes, as needed, and appropriate.
2.) Such Community Housing Packages shall be based on encouraging, where possible, mixed-use development, and by consulting a recognized list of pre-screened, neighborhood, and community-friendly developers, and contractors, with high-quality lasting construction standards.
3.) The Department of Housing and Community Development, shall establish, keep, and annually renew, a listing of high-quality, neighborhood, and community-friendly developers, by welcoming, pre-screening, of such companies, interviewing them, and publicizing such businesses, in various appropriate positive publicity, by public announcement, and general media.
4.) Community Housing Packages, shall take into account relevant modest, to medium-intensity regional transit options, in helping newer local economic development; and intersect with state transportation planning.
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