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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2514        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1130


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 streamlining permitting for housing.






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

Nicholas A. Boldyga

3rd Hampden

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2514        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1130

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1130) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others for legislation to expedite the permitting process for housing.  Housing. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2125 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to streamlining permitting for housing.


              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 2 of chapter 43D of the General Laws, as most recently amended by chapter 238 of the acts of 2012, is hereby amended by inserting, after the definition "Governing body", the following new definition:-

              "Housing Priority Zone", a privately or publicly owned property, a zoning district or a zoning overlay district zoned and designated for the development or redevelopment of housing which: (1) exceeds the allowable unit density by a minimum of 10 percent greater than the density allowed prior to designation as a priority zone; (2) includes a minimum of 40% of its units as affordable to those earning 80% or less of area median income; (3) may incorporate the use of zoning methods known as cluster development, as defined in Section 9 of Chapter 40A of the General Laws, or open space residential design; and (4) is designated a priority development site by the board, in consultation with the department of housing and community development.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 43D of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting, after section 16, the following new section:-

              Section 17. For the purposes of determining consistency with the definition of "consistent with local needs" contained in section 20 of chapter 40B, a housing unit developed in a housing priority zone shall be credited at the rate of 1.75 units upon the issuance of a building permit.

              SECTION 3. The provisions of this Act shall expire five years following the date of its passage unless otherwise terminated, modified or extended.

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