• Business Improvement Districts (BID)

    Business Improvement Districts are special districts in which property owners vote to initiate, manage and finance supplemental services or enhancements above and beyond the services already provided by their local city or town governments.
  • Chapter 40 R

    The Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Act, more commonly referred to as Chapter 40R, encourages mixed-income housing production in smart growth locations by providing flexible funding to municipalities that establish zoning overlay districts that satisfy certain minimum thresholds pertaining to location, residential density and affordability.
  • Chapter 40 S

    Chapter 40S serves to reimburse cities and towns for the additional costs of educating new school-age children in smart growth districts. The combination of 40R and 40S now tops the menu of choices available to communities seeking more efficient, fiscally stable growth.
  • Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

    The Citizen Planner Training Collaborative provides local planning and zoning officials with tools to make effective decisions regarding their community's current and future land use.
  • Community Development Corporation Certification (CDC)

    The legislation directs DHCD to develop a process for certification and to annually report to the legislature a list of certified CDCs and a summary of programs, initiatives or partnerships operated by  EOHED that support CDCs.

  • Community Preservation Act

    The Community Preservation Act is a tool for communities to preserve open space, historic sites, and affordable housing. The Community Preservation Act is statewide enabling legislation to allow cities and towns to exercise control over local planning decisions, and provide new funding sources.
  • Compact Neighborhoods

    DHCD is offering additional incentives to municipalities that adopt zoning districts promoting the Commonwealth’s strong interest in smart growth and housing for working families of all incomes.  For purposes of this policy, these zoning districts will be called “Compact Neighborhoods.”  This new tool complements Chapter 40R, the Commonwealth’s Smart Growth Overlay District statute.

  • Consolidated & Action Plans

    Every five years, DHCD is required to produce this plan for HUD detailing how Massachusetts will use the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS funding to advance housing and community development goals.
  • Economic Development Industrial Corporations (EDIC)

    Economic Development Industrial Corporations program provides technical support for local, quasi-public corporations that implement economic development projects.
  • Fair Housing and Civil Rights Information

    The mission of DHCD is to be a leader in creating housing choice and providing opportunities for inclusive patterns of housing occupancy to all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of income, race, religious creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, familial status, veteran status, or physical or mental impairment.
  • Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP)

    The HDIP is designed to increase residential growth, expand diversity of housing stock, support economic development, and promote neighborhood stabilization in designated Housing Development Zones within Gateway municipalities.
  • Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI)

    The primary mission of the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative is to make downtown revitalization an integral part of community development in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
  • MGL Chapter 184

    Approval criteria for MGL Chapter 184, Section 32 (The Affordable Housing Restriction)
  • Peer to Peer Technical Assistance Program

    The Peer-To-Peer Technical Assistance Program provides small grants to municipalities for short-term problem solving or technical assistance projects.
  • Relocation Assistance (BOR)

    The Bureau of Relocation acts as the central clearinghouse on state and local projects that cause displacement. Any resident or business that has been displaced by a state funded project may be eligible for assistance.
  • Smart Growth Resources

    Smart growth makes efficient use of land, fully utilizes urban services and infrastructure, promotes a wide variety of transportation and housing options, permanently preserves critical natural resources, and protects architectural and environmental character through compatible, high quality, and environmentally-sensitive development.
  • Urban Center Housing Tax Increment Financing (UCH-TIF)

    The Urban Center Housing Tax Increment Financing Program (UCH-TIF) is established under M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 16 to encourage increased residential growth, affordable housing and commercial growth in urban and commercial centers.
  • Urban Redevelopment Corporations (URC)

    Urban Redevelopment Corporations are private, limited dividend entities authorized by statute to undertake residential, commercial or industrial projects in areas, which are considered to be substandard, decadent or blighted open areas.
  • Urban Renewal (UR)

    Urban Renewal projects help municipalities redevelop deteriorated areas by providing the economic environment needed to attract and support private investment.
  • Zoning Resources

    Resources in this section, including annotated versions of The Zoning Act and Municipal Planning & Subdivision Control Law and The ANR Handbook (Approval not Required Plan), will aid planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, other municipal officials, and interested residents in the area of zoning and land use.