Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Housing Regulation Database

While we have links to the ordinances of over 100 cities and towns on our site, this is the first resource we've come across that lets you compare Massachusetts ordinances on a given topic. The Housing Regulation Database from the Pioneer Institute and Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston allows you to compare housing ordinances from cities and towns across eastern Massachusetts in one simple interface. “The searchable database contains a unique, comprehensive set of information on the zoning codes, subdivision requirements, and environmental regulations that as of 2004 governed land use in 187 communities in eastern Massachusetts.” You can search by town or subject. Subject searches are divided into four areas: zoning, subdivision, wetlands and septics. Excellent resource! More zoning information is available at Law About Zoning.