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Massachusetts Governor Announces MDHCD Proposing Major Changes to Comprehensive Permit Law

Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 1:45AM

Gov. Jane Swift announced last week that the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) is proposing major changes to the state’s 33-year-old comprehensive permit law—also known as Chapter 40B. To comply with 40B, every community must have at least 10 percent of its permanent housing affordable to low- and moderate-income families on a long-term basis. To help achieve that goal, the law authorizes comprehensive permits to be issued with limited exemptions from local zoning regulations provided that one-fourth of the developed units are affordable. MDHCD will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes to the statute Monday, October 21. For details, click here.

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