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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2119        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2125


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

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2119        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2125

By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2125) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others for legislation to expedite the permitting process for housing.  Housing. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 1224 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



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 appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition “Technical review team” 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:

              Exceeds the allowable unit density by a minimum of 10 percent greater than the density allowed prior to designation as a priority zone;

              Includes a minimum of 40% of its units as affordable to those earning 80% or less of area median income;

              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

              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 by inserting 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 of the General Laws, 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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