What's Next for Section 3A?

Below you will find a summary of What’s Next for Section 3A that lists activities MBTA communities can begin.

The following summary is also available as a PDF.


Table of Contents

What can I do in August 2022?

  • Carefully review the final guidelines issued on August 10, 2022.  Bookmark this website and keep checking it as additional materials are uploaded.
  • Read about Technical Assistance opportunities related to Section 3A compliance. If you’re not sure which is best for your situation, inquire about where and how to get Technical Assistance through an online form available at the primary website here.
  • Develop an Action Plan and submit the online application to DHCD.  The deadline for these is January 31, 2023.  Find the online Action Plan form here.
  • Do you think you have a compliant district?  Apply to MassHousing Partnership (MHP) to participate in an early evaluation of your multi-family district.
  • Email DHCD at DHCD3A@mass.gov with questions you have about the guidelines.

What can I do in September/October 2022?

  • Pursue any one of the activities in the list above.
  • Attend/watch a recording of the EOHED/DHCD presentation of the guidelines, date: September 8, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • There is a registration link for the webinar here.
  • Attend one or more of MHP instructional webinars on that can be found here when they are scheduled.
  • Download and review a Sample Bylaw from the MHP website for consideration in your community (anticipated to be available in October).
  • Read about and apply for Technical Assistance from MHP for help on a variety of compliance related tasks.

What can I do after November 1?

  • Pursue any one of the activities in the two lists above.
  • Download the Compliance Model Workbook and watch a video that will walk you through instructions about how to use this tool to calculate multi-family unit capacity and overall density of your district.
  • Work with Technical Assistance providers to engage your community with information about new multi-family district requirements.  Locate districts and create zoning text.  Use the Compliance Model to test various scenarios.
  • Submit the online District Compliance application to DHCD on the Section 3A website by the deadlines in the guidelines.


Bookmark the MBTA Communities Section 3A Guideline web page on mass.gov: mass.gov/mbtacommunities.