This page includes Compliance Guidelines on new Section 3A of MGL c. 40A and related materials.
- This page, Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities, is offered by
- Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- Housing and Community Development
Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities
This new law requires that an MBTA community shall have at least one zoning district of reasonable size in which multi-family housing is permitted as of right and meets other criteria set forth in the statute:
- Minimum gross density of 15 units per acre
- Located not more than 0.5 miles from a commuter rail station, subway station, ferry terminal or bus station, if applicable
- No age restrictions and suitable for families with children
On December 15, 2021, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) issued draft guidelines on how to comply with the law. After the release of the draft guidelines, the Baker-Polito Administration held a public comment period until March 31, 2022. During the public comment period, there were over 24 engagement sessions and DHCD received nearly 400 comments through an online portal. The public comment process served to inform the revised guidelines.
On August 10, 2022, DHCD issued the final guidelines to determine if an MBTA community is in compliance with Section 3A. Read the letter sent to each MBTA Community from Secretary Mike Kennealy and Undersecretary Jennifer Maddox. We encourage you to visit this page often as it will be updated from time to time.