Section 3A of MGL. c. 40A requires all MBTA communities to have at least one zoning district of reasonable size in which multi-family housing is permitted as of right. DHCD's Section 3A Guidelines allow an MBTA community to obtain "interim compliance" before it adopts a compliant zoning district by submitting an Action Plan that establishes an achievable path to zoning adoption. The Action Plan provides guidance to MBTA communities, and establishes communication between DHCD and MBTA communities that are developing strategies for compliance. During the development and implementation of the Action Plan, MBTA communities are strongly encouraged to explore and use the abundant technical assistance resources described at: Resources for MBTA Communities.
For all MBTA communities that have not achieved DHCD-certified district compliance, the deadline to submit this Action Plan is January 31, 2023. Action Plans submitted after January 31, 2023 will not establish FY2024 eligibility for the funds described in Section 3A. Please scroll down to begin filling out the form.