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Affordable Homes Act Policy Spotlight: Accessory Dwelling Units

Affordable Homes Act Policy Spotlight: Accessory Dwelling Units Written by Matt Walsh, Policy Analyst A Small Change That Can Achieve Big Results May 22, 2024 – Almost every week, a news article is published that highlights the magnitude of the housing crisis in Massachusetts. Just last month, the New York Times highlighted one phenomenon that […]

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Municipal Officials Stand Behind ‘Transfer Fee’ as Critical Tool for Keeping Region Affordable

Municipal Officials Stand Behind ‘Transfer Fee’ as Critical Tool for Keeping Region Affordable . Boston – May 9, 2024 – The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition and communities across the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) region have joined together to renew their support for local-option transfer fees, urging the Legislature to give communities this critical tool to […]

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Affordable Homes Act Reported Favorably by Joint Committee on Housing

Affordable Homes Act Reported Favorably by Joint Committee on Housing Hearing draws more than 250 municipal officials, housing professionals, business leaders and residents Written by Georgia Barlow, government affairs specialist March 8, 2024 – In early March, the Joint Committee on Housing reported favorably the Affordable Homes Act filed by Governor Healey with all sections […]

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MAPC Named One of Nation’s Digital Inclusion Trailblazers

MAPC Named One of Nation’s Digital Inclusion Trailblazers MAPC is recognized for its Apartment Wi-Fi program and municipal digital equity plans BOSTON – February 21, 2024 – The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) named the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) as a 2023 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer, recognizing the agency’s efforts to close the digital divide. […]

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Introducing the Section 3A District Suitability Analysis Tool

Introducing the Section 3A District Suitability Analysis Tool Join us for a webinar on February 27 to learn more! Written by MAPC Land Use & Data Services Staff February 8, 2024 – In 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature added a new section to the state’s Zoning Act (MGL Chapter 40A) — MBTA Communities Multifamily Zoning Requirement (Section […]

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Report Shows Investors are Gobbling Up Homes Across Greater Boston

Report Shows Investors are Gobbling Up Homes Across Greater Boston New research found one in every five homes sold to an investor from 2004 to 2018, with significant impact on lower-income neighborhoods of color November 28, 2023 – BOSTON – Both renters and homebuyers in the Greater Boston area have seen firsthand that market conditions have […]

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Maynard Moves Housing Production Plan to Join Select Board/Planning Meeting for Adoption

Maynard Moves Housing Production Plan to Joint Select Board/ Planning Meeting For Adoption For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 16, 2021 Maynard – After a year-long community planning process, Maynard’s 2015 Housing Production Plan has been updated (HPP) and is heading to a joint meeting of the Select Board and Planning Board for adoption on Tuesday, […]

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Getting to Yes: Zoning Under Housing Choice [Video]

Recently-passed Housing Choice legislation made it easier to pass multifamily zoning in Massachusetts–but how can municipalities build support for housing initiatives? The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Friday, June 4. Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community […]

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[Video] Webinar: Housing Choice

How will recently-passed Housing Choice legislation impact zoning in your city or town? In this webinar, we share what we know—and what we don’t. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Thursday, May 6 at 1 p.m. […]

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Explore Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets

New Data Tool: Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets From low-density suburbs to premium-priced urban districts to neighborhoods with a mix of small multifamily and single-family homes, neighborhoods in Greater Boston can look wildly different – even neighborhoods in the same city of town. What’s more, where you live can influence the opportunities available to you. […]

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