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Local Zoning is Making it Difficult to Build Housing Around Boston. That’s Raising Prices for Everyone.

Small, subjective local decisions and bylaw changes tip the balance away from multifamily housing production and create hurdles for even good-quality development to succeed, found a report released today on local zoning and multifamily housing in the cities and towns surrounding Boston. “The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston” reveals that a […]

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Help Envision Future Housing in Marblehead

‘Housing Production Plan’ will identify housing need and shape town’s housing goals for the future For Immediate Release: June 14, 2019 Amanda Linehan Communications Manager Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) 617-933-0705 alinehan@mapc.org MARBLEHEAD – Do you live in Marblehead? Do you have concerns about the ability of seniors, families, workers, and others to afford a […]

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MAPC and City of Salem Launch “Homes for Salem” Video Series

This week, MAPC and the City of Salem launched “Homes for Salem,” a video series on housing in Salem. We talked to Salem residents and workers about the rising costs of housing, the housing market, the struggles many residents face to find affordable housing, and strategies the city could take to meet housing need. While […]

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Study: Local Zoning Rules Block Multi-Family Housing in MA

Cities & towns making it difficult to build housing even amid housing shortage and affordability crisis, research finds Boston – Over the past 15 years, despite many changes in local zoning, it remains difficult if not impossible to build multi-family housing in cities and towns across Metro Boston, according to a detailed study on development […]

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Statement of the Metro Mayors Coalition on the Governor’s Housing Bill

Statement of the Metro Mayors Coalition on the Governor’s Housing Choice Bill   The Boston region is in the midst of a housing crisis. The communities of the Metro Mayors Coalition represent over 1.4 million constituents in the urban core of Metropolitan Boston. Sale prices and rents in our communities are among the highest of […]

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Salem Housing Forum

Salem Housing Forum Learn about housing needs in Salem and guide a new affordable housing policy for the City Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) 617-933-0705 alinehan@mapc.org For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 21, 2019  Salem – Join the City of Salem and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a free public […]

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MAPC’s 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

The deadline to file bills for the 2019-2020 Massachusetts legislative session was Friday, Jan. 19. Over 5,000 bills were filed before that date – including several smart growth priorities from MAPC. Our proposals were crafted to address the transportation, climate, and housing challenges in the 101 cities and towns of our region. If enacted, these […]

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MAPC Wins Planning Awards

Last week, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MA) presented MAPC with two awards: the Social Advocacy Award for and the Metropolitan Mayors’ Coalition Regional Housing Task Force and the Outstanding Planning Project Award for MassBuilds, a visual database of development in the Greater Boston region. Earlier this month, MAPC’s Clean Energy team […]

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Shipping Container to Interactive Exhibit: Housing> at HUBweek

Eastern Massachusetts faces a housing shortage that threatens our families and communities, our economic prospects, and our quality of life. Communities are working to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods where people want to – and can afford to – live and work. But that takes homes to live in! MAPC explores these issues and more in […]

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Metro Mayors Announce 185,000 Unit Production Goal

The Boston region is in the midst of a housing crisis. In the communities that make up the Inner Core of the Boston metro region, one in 10 homeowners and one in four renters pays more than half of their income on housing. Inadequate housing production harms everyone – forcing up rents and home costs, […]

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