Webinars, Tutorials, and Slide Decks
Saturday, March 18, 2023
The following presentation was given at the March 18, 2023 Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC) annual conference.
Download the presentation: MBTA Communities 2023 CPTC Conference Presentation
Please find below Sample Zoning for MBTA communities that are working towards compliance with Section 3A of the Zoning Act (Section 3A) and the Compliance Guidelines for Multi-family Zoning District Under 3A of the Zoning Act.
Economic Feasibility Analysis Materials
Please find below materials for submitting an economic feasibility analysis for inclusionary zoning that requires such a submission under the Compliance guidelines.
Compliance Model Materials
Please find below Compliance Model materials for MBTA communities that are working towards compliance with Section 3A of the Zoning Act (Section 3A) and the Compliance Guidelines for Multi-family Zoning District Under 3A of the Zoning Act.
Attorney General Advisory
On March 15, 2023, Massachusetts’ Attorney General Andrea Campbell issued an Advisory concerning the enforcement of the requirements imposed on cities and towns by Chapter 40A, Section 3A.
The 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 that meets other criteria set forth in the statute. Failure to comply with the law results in a loss of eligibility for the community, for certain funding programs.
The Attorney General’s Advisory states “All MBTA Communities must comply with the Law.” The Advisory further states that “MBTA Communities cannot avoid their obligations under the Law by foregoing this funding.”
In addition, the Advisory cautions that “Communities that fail to comply with the Law may be subject to civil enforcement action” and, “Communities that fail to comply with the Law’s requirements also risk liability under federal and state fair housing laws. The Law requires that MBTA Communities “shall have” a compliant zoning district and does not provide any mechanism by which a town or city may opt out of this requirement.”
The Attorney General’s press release and the text of the Advisory are available below.