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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2298         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2335


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Daniel B. Winslow


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 to create jobs by a local option for free enterprise zones.






Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Paul Adams

17th Essex

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Robert L. Hedlund


Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Steven L. Levy

4th Middlesex

Daniel K. Webster

6th Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2298        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2335

By Mr. Winslow of Norfolk, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2335) of Daniel B. Winslow and others for legislation to authorize cities and towns to establish  free enterprise zones to stimulate job production and economic revitalization.  Municipalities and Regional Government.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act to create jobs by a local option for free enterprise zones.

              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 of Chapter 40A, as most recently amended by Section 79 of Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2010, is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following language: -

              Any municipality that has so accepted this section pursuant to Chapter 4, Section 4 of the Massachusetts General Laws may, upon majority vote at town meeting in a town or by majority vote of the city council in a city, suspend Chapter 40A zoning and local approval statutes, with the exception of any state building code or state sanitary codes for any area, sidewalk, square, area or building designated as a “Free Enterprise Zone” by a town at town meeting or by the city at city council.  Any such “Free Enterprise Zone” created under this section will be designated in order to stimulate job production and economically revitalize communities, and shall be awarded in furtherance of these goals, provided that any such use of a designated area does not unreasonably create adverse off-site impacts.  At the expiration of two years after the date of first occupancy in the Free Enterprise Zone, any such person or business shall be required to comply with all zoning and local approval statutes otherwise required to engage in such use.

              Any city or town may rescind such designation upon 2/3 vote of city council or town meeting, provided that sufficient notice has been provided to the property owner for Free Enterprise Zones located on privately-owned property.

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