SECTION 1. The Massachusetts General Laws are hereby amended by inserting the
following new chapter:
Chapter 40B Reform And Improvement (Providing for Environmental Impact Review, by
local municipal bodies, and other appropriate adjustments).
1.) Chapter 40B provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, have proven to be
controversial, and needing adjustments, and reform. This legislation is designed to provide such
appropriate reforms, and needed adjustments, while recognizing that affordable housing needs
remain, and need to be provided for.
2.) All projects qualifying under Chapter 40B provisions, must still be reviewed, and
qualified by local municipal authorities, in regards to environmental impact, and Environmental
Impact Review reporting (EIR). No Chapter 40B project, may be exempted from environmental
review, and approval by the local municipality, in which it would be created, and constructed.
3.) All Chapter 40B projects, must conform to any conservation land, wetland, and
watershed protections; and approval of such projects, must include review by municipal
4.) Other relevant government bodies, including regional commissions, and housing
authorities, shall review any such projects.
5.) Comprehensive state planning, and coordination, must be referenced in terms of these
projects; including issues of neighborhood, and community-friendly developers; high-quality
lasting construction standards; and relevant modest to medium intensity regional transit options.
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