Chapter 23B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 5B the following section:-
Section 5C. (a) As used in this section the following terms shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meanings:
“Anti-displacement”, mitigation of the displacement of persons of color, immigrants, low- and moderate-income residents, persons with disabilities and members of other protected classes that may result from new development or substantial reconstruction, condemnation of property or other code enforcement, eminent domain takings, discrimination, gentrification, rising costs of living, zoning changes, limited housing availability or other causes.
“Fair housing”, fair and equitable access to and opportunity in housing, free from prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination in housing. Fair housing shall include, but not be limited to, compliance with (i) federal fair housing laws, including 42 U.S.C. § 1982 et seq. and 42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq.; and (ii) state laws relative to nondiscrimination in housing, including section 4 of chapter 151B.
“Local planning and development agency”, a (i) redevelopment authority, as defined in section 1 of chapter 121B; (ii) municipal department of planning and development; or (iii) other municipal division responsible for the evaluation of land-development and use proposals for a municipality with a population more than 100,000 persons.
(b) There shall be within the department a commission on equitable city planning and development. The commission shall consist of the director of the department or a designee, the executive director of the Massachusetts commission against discrimination or a designee and a tenant advocate to be appointed by the attorney general.
(c) The commission shall require each local planning and development agency to periodically create an assessment of fair housing and anti-displacement in the municipality. Following each assessment, the local planning and development agency shall develop a plan to strengthen and improve fair housing and anti-displacement in the municipality. The local planning and development agency shall submit said plan to the department.
(d) The department may promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out this section
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