2 Views MBTA Housing Zoning Guidelines

The Boston Globe The “argument” asks: Is the state’s multifamily zoning requirement in MBTA communities good policy? The answers are City Manager Adam Chapdelaine — yes — and Randall Block, president of community organization RightSize Newton — no. These comments are republished with permission from the authors.

Chapdelaine, also chairman of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, writes, “Growing up in a three-story apartment in Fall River, I was blessed with the benefits of living in a community comprised primarily of multi-family housing. I hope the new law requiring MBTA communities to zone multi-family housing near transit stations can expand opportunities like this in Greater Boston. There are three reasons why the requirements of the new law are good public policy.

Block writes, “The state has developed a deceptively simple strategy to address the housing crisis – simply requiring MBTA communities to build denser housing. The guidelines developed by the Department of Housing and Community Development of the state apply a single formula to determine the increase in the number of housing units required of each of the 175 MBTA communities.This approach shows a complete lack of understanding of the issues facing cities and towns.Take two examples – to Chelsea and Nahant.

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