HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1124        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Mike Connolly


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act facilitating local approval of inclusionary zoning.






Mike Connolly

26th Middlesex

Peter Capano

11th Essex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Jay D. Livingstone

8th Suffolk

Lindsay N. Sabadosa

1st Hampshire

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Christopher Hendricks

11th Bristol

Carmine Lawrence Gentile

13th Middlesex

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1124        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

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By Mr. Connolly of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3883) of Mike Connolly and others relative to local zoning ordinances or by-laws.  Municipalities and Regional Government.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act facilitating local approval of inclusionary zoning.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section 5 of chapter 40A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “members”, in line 90, the following words:- ; provided however, that any adoption of, or amendment to, a zoning ordinance or by-law to allow for inclusionary zoning may be passed by majority vote. As used in this paragraph the term “inclusionary zoning” shall mean a residential subdivision or a multi-unit residential project of a size to be determined by the municipality; and provided further, that a certain percentage of such subdivision or project’s dwelling units or net floor area, as determined by the municipality, shall be reserved for the construction of dwelling units permanently affordable for occupancy to persons whose household income does not exceed a municipally determined per cent of such municipality’s area median income as such income is determined by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development.