Supporting families and seniors by offering housing choices
- We are producing less than half of the homes we need annually, particularly those suitable for young families and seniors. The cost of housing continues to rise, making it hard for young and old to stay in their communities.
- The bill promotes more multifamily housing in sensible locations, while allowing for regional and local differences.
- The bill will allow for more accessory dwelling units so that seniors can live with family or caregivers or make additional income to stay in their homes.
- More artist live-work spaces will help artists and promote lively neighborhoods.
- By making variances rules more reasonable, minor renovations will make it possible for families to change their homes as their needs evolve.
- The bill will make it illegal to discriminate through land-use decisions.
Promoting vibrant/healthy places, protecting open space and natural resources
- Every day, thirteen acres of forests and farmland are lost to low-density sprawl. Yet people want to live in walkable neighborhoods, where they do not have to use a car as often. We must encourage walkable development patterns and a vibrant mix of uses.
- By promoting more multifamily development in smart growth locations, we will have more neighborhoods that are walkable, bikeable and near suburban centers.
- The bill promotes cluster development where large lots are required now, so that less land is consumed and critical natural resources preserved.
- The bill reduces cookie-cutter development to curb roadside sprawl.
- Notice of development projects to local boards of health.
Providing cities & towns with tools for planning their future
- Our cities and towns are saddled with state zoning, subdivision and planning statutes that have not been overhauled since 1975. To plan for the future, they need 21 st century tools, better resources and more.
- The bill enables cities and towns to study their infrastructure needs so fair development impact fees are charged.
- Tools like inclusionary zoning, site plan review and form-based codes are authorized for the first time.
- The bill allows lower thresholds for zoning and special permit approval, at local option.
- The bill makes it easier to master plan, by streamlining the requirements.
- Reduces abuse of “vesting” rules when rezoning is proposed.
- Opportunities for training citizens who serve on local boards are expanded.
- We support additional funding in the state budget for local planning and rezoning.