Legislative proposals on state control of local zoning recently passed the state House and Senate. Lots of time, energy and much reflection went into the many conversations on housing choice and the issue of affordability over many months. Collectively - across the state - we did lots of homework, thoughtfully asking questions.
Some of the most extreme measures in these proposals were modified or eliminated this year. The right to develop multi-family housing “as of right” anywhere within a half mile of a train station or a quarter mile of a commercial zone are both out for this year. Though in the words of a majority party leader this legislation “represents a significant first step” in the state exerting more control over zoning in all 169 municipalities.