City Petitions Lawmakers to Amend Housing Law

Following a story we posted Oct. 12, 2012 concerning Salisbury, Mass.’ desire for the state legislature to permit manufactured housing to qualify as affordable housing, Town Meeting voted Oct. 22 to send a home rule petition to the legislature for the second year in a row. As newburyportnews tells MHProNews, Town Manager Neil Harrington says, while the petition went nowhere last year, this year there are half a dozen other communities seeking a similar amendment. He says, “We’re hoping to gain more strength and get our voices heard on Beacon Hill.” Communities that do not have ten percent of their housing as affordable housing are open to developers building 40B housing projects, which allow dense subdivisions on small plots of land beyond the reach of local zoning regulations.

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