Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Haverhill Adopts Smart Growth Zoning

According to the Boston Business Journal, Haverhill has become the first city in the state to use the smart growth zoning alternative provided in MGL Chapter 40R to rezone a large section of its downtown. “The program makes it easier for developers to obtain permits to convert old buildings into housing and new businesses… Projects slated for the area include plans for more than 300 condos or apartments. Up to 20 percent of all housing must be sold at an affordable rate, or 80 percent of the market value, under the state's 40R rules.” Smart Growth regulations are found at 760 CMR 59. More information on smart growth is available from the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association.