Life science and health care facilities would be exempt. And the 10 communities would also be required to meet state affordable housing requirements -- something Newton has never been able to achieve in the more than half century since 40B became state law.
Baker said he decided to sign the bill despite his misgivings that the provision could threaten participating towns’ ability to keep housing affordable.
The new law doesn’t mandate new housing. It mandates changing zoning codes to allow property owners to build small multi-unit homes. Under the guidelines, 175 cities and towns – including our four chamber communities -- are subject to the new multifamily zoning requirements and must submit action plans by Jan. 31, 2023. (There were some changes primarily directed towards more rural communities).
Newton is one of 12 communities required have new zoning in place by the end of 2023 (and doing so would also allow the city to impose the fossil fuel bans noted in the item above).
Needham, Wellesley and Watertown need to be in compliance the end of 2024.
Failure to do so would make a community ineligible for certain state funds.
The administration will host a webinar Sept. 8 to explain the new guidelines.
Congressman Jake Auchincloss is hosting a series of “Coffee with Your Congressman” gatherings at local cafes and restaurants in his district, including in Wellesley Tuesday (Aug. 16) at 10 a.m. Details.
MassDOT will hold a virtual public hearing Thursday (Aug. 18) at 6 p.m. to discuss plans to replace five bridges at the at the interchange of the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route. Register.
Watertown’s Perkins School for the Blind is partnering with the Boston-basedClear Ballot, to test its new ClearMark voting machines, which let disabled voters cast and review ballots without assistance. (Axios Boston)