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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2544        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1134


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 authorizing limited rate of growth controls and to promote housing production.






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. 2544        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1134

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1134) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others for legislation to further regulate certain restrictions on housing development or building permits under zoning ordinances in cities and towns.  Housing. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2121 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act authorizing limited rate of growth controls and to promote housing production.


              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 3 chapter 40A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding, at the end thereof, the following new paragraph:-

              No zoning ordinance or by-law adopted after January 1, 2014 shall regulate or restrict the rate of development or number of building permits or special permits or other forms of zoning or subdivision approval that may be issued by a municipality within a defined time period, unless the limitations placed on development are, in both their nature and extent, a reasonable response to specific tangible concerns identified in the zoning ordinance or by-law, and the zoning ordinance or by-law establishes a reasonable deadline for completing and implementing a strategic plan to address the specific identified concerns. No such rate of growth regulation or restriction or extension thereof shall be in place for longer than one year unless extended by a vote of a town meeting or a city council following receipt of a report and recommendation by the planning board based upon evidence substantiating the need for an extension of the temporary ordinance or by-law for one additional year.

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