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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2487        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1129


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Bradley H. Jones, Jr.


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 relative to zoning density.






Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Donald Humason


Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2487        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1129

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1129) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others that cities and towns be authorized to increase the density of property zoned for residential usage to provide additional affordable housing units.  Housing. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2126 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to zoning density.


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

              SECTION 1. Section 9 of chapter 40A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding, after the second paragraph, the following new paragraph:-

              Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, a zoning ordinance or by-law may allow, without a special permit, increases in the permissible density or intensity of residential use in a proposed development to the maximum extent stated in the ordinance or by-law, pursuant to provisions that authorize such increases for the purpose of promoting the creation of additional units of affordable housing in mixed income housing developments or mixed-use developments, or for the purpose of promoting other public purposes specifically stated in the zoning ordinance or by-law.

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