The State Organization Index provides an alphabetical listing of government organizations, including commissions, departments, and bureaus.
Top-requested sites to log in to services provided by the state
Mass Housing Partnership (MHP) website's home page.
Mass Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) website's home page.
Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) and additional background information for getting ADUs listed on the SHI. (DHCD)
'Granny Flats Add Flexibility and Affordability' article from December 2001 issue of New Urban News.
Farming and Forestry Strategies, a publication written by Frederick Taintor for the South County Watersheds Technical Planning Assistance Project of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. (May 2001)
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website contains further links to state and local-level programs including: Agricultural Preservation Restrictions, the Farm Viability Enhancement Program, Right to Farm, and Agricultural Commissions.
Massachusetts Community Preservation Act website maintained by the Community Preservation Coalition, an alliance of open space, affordable housing, and preservation organizations that works with municipalities to help them understand, adopt, and implement the CPA. Includes adoption specifics and a searchable database of CPA-funded projects. You can view a list of CPA cities and towns.
Fact Sheet from the Farmland Information Center, a public/private partnership between the American Farmland Trust and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
American Farmland Trust website contains resources to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. The Trust is a nonprofit membership organization
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation online provides news and information about farming issues in the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Agricultural Commission website provides a new online resource for Commissions.
MassDEP Brownfields Program
Office of the Attorney General - Brownfields Unit
MassDevelopment Brownfields Redevelopment
U.S. EPA Brownfields Program
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40O regulates business improvement districts. The regulations are available on this page.
The Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District webpage provides information on the permitting process and zoning requirements within the BID, the accomplishments of the BID, and about ongoing events and entertainment on Main Street.
The Springfield Business Improvement District webpage provides information about the Springfield BID, attractions in the Springfield area including night life, dining and events, and job opportunities and partnerships within the BID.
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
DHCD 40R Page
List of Approved and Pending Districts
Chapter 40R Application
Chapter 40R Application Instructions
Chapter 40S Statute
Leominster TIF information provided on the Town of Leominster's website.
Concord, NH TIF information about a $5 million Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District to develop the award-winning Corporate Center at Horseshoe Pond project created by the City.
Massachusetts Office of Business Development website's home page.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) webpage providing a variety of Environmental Justice resources.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) webpage describing national grants, programs and working groups related to Environmental Justice.
Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) website of Massachusetts-based organization working to improve low-income and minority housing conditions as related to Environmental Justice through public education and community involvement
Urban Edge Community Development Corporation (UECDC) website of CDC working to sustain healthy, diverse communities in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and surrounding communities.
Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) organization partnering with previously listed UECDC with specialized programs in community empowerment, economic development, and affordable housing development in the Jamaica Plain area.
Groundwork Lawrence website of non-profit organization working to create sustainable environmental change in Lawrence, MA.
Form-Based Code Institute website with information on educational resources as well as links to resources and articles.
Charrette Center Form-Based Code Resources links to various online resources and articles relating to Form-Based Codes
St. Lucie, FL Land Development Regulations element of Towns, Villages and Countryside (TVC) within Comprehensive Plan displays form-based codes in action.
'Inclusionary Zoning Guidelines for Cities and Towns' guidebook prepared for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund by Edith M. Netter, Esq. (September 2000)
'Inclusionary Zoning: Lessons Learned in Massachusetts' report that reviews the experiences of select cities and towns in Massachusetts where inclusionary zoning has been used to produce affordable housing. Published in a journal released by the National Housing Conference in 2002.
'The Impact of Inclusionary Zoning on Development' policy brief and the 'Creating Balanced Communities: Lessons in Affordability from 5 Affluent Boston Suburbs' report (February 2005) which highlights innovative tools to create attractive, moderately priced housing and other publications from Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.
'Zoning for Housing Affordability' study prepared for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund (2000).
Mass Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) website's home page
Mass Housing Partnership website of affordable housing organization that works in concert with the Governor and the state Department of Housing and Community Development to help increase the supply of affordable housing in Massachusetts.
Urban Environmental Design Manual--Appendix-Development Criteria, provides a detailed overview of several criteria that can influence the quality and success of a redevelopment project. Published by the Sustainable Watersheds Office of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Heat Island Effect - Trees and Vegetation, online resource from the U.S. EPA promoting planting trees and vegetation as a simple and effective way to reduce heat islands and decrease local surface and air temperatures
Rooftops to Rivers: Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows, this online resource is a policy guide for decision makers looking to implement green strategies in their own area, including nine case studies of cities that have successfully used green techniques to create a healthier urban environment. Natural Resources Defense Council, May 2006
'Low-Impact Development Design Strategies: An Integrated Design Approach' manual offers site planners and engineers an integrated design approach to incorporating low-impact development design strategies. Chapters include low-impact development site planning, hydrologic analysis, integrated management, erosion and sediment control considerations, and public outreach. Prepared by Prince George's County, Maryland (June 1999)
Green Building Resource Directory resource directory is designed to be an easy-to-use tool to help people in the home building trade locate useful green building resources. Resource categories include site planning, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, indoor air quality, waste management, water efficiency for indoor and outdoor use, homeowner opportunities, business operations, land development and general resources. Prepared by NAHB Research Center. (September 2000)
The Low Impact Development Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of Low Impact Development technology. Low Impact Development is a new, comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban and developing watersheds. Their 'Top Ten Internet Resources' for LID
Recognizing the connection between land and sea, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) launched the Coastal Smart Growth Program in 2004 to catalogue, develop, and distribute planning, technical, regulatory, and outreach tools for real-world growth management that protects coastal resources. Four excellent LID case studies are featured.
Green Roof Demonstration Project presentation developed by The Chesapeake Bay Foundation. (February 2006)
'The Practice of Low Impact Development' report prepared for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development by the NAHB Research Center, Inc. for developers and municipal officials. (July 2003)
Low Impact Development: Urban Design Tools website provides watershed managers with a new set of tools and techniques that can be used to meet regulatory and receiving water protection program goals for urban retrofits, re-development projects, and new development sites.
LID for Big Box Retailers website. This project's purpose is to provide large building and site footprint retailers with strategies that integrate innovative and highly effective Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater management techniques into their site designs for regulatory compliance and natural resource protection. Developed through an EPA Assistance Agreement funded by the Office of Water and hosted by the Low Impact Development Center
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, LID web site
The Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program's Low Impact Development webpage
Monarch on the Merrimack website about the mixed-use community envisioned for the redevelopment of the Wood Mill, Lawrence, MA.
Brownfields Economic Development Initiative webpage of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development brownfields grant program.
Massachusetts Department Environmental Protection Brownfeilds Program webpage describing the Massachusetts Brownfields Act, relevant contacts, and a listing of publications.
Mill Reuse Summary Matrix Over 20 Massachusetts municipalities have adopted specific bylaws or ordinances that are designed to support the revitalization of mill districts.
'The Rhode Island Conservation Development Manual: A Ten Step Process for the Planning and Design of Creative Development Projects' (June 2003) and a companion brochure 'Rhode Island Conservation Development' from the RI Department of Environmental Management, Sustainable Watersheds Office.
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is a founding Green Neighborhoods Alliance member and has actively promoted open space residential design along the coast and in coastal watershed communities. Read online article, 'The Grass is Greener in an Open Space Residential Development'
"Planning for Open Space" a NOAA Coastal Services Center article about Massachusetts OSRD and the Green Neighborhood Alliance. March/April 2006
Land Choices a national non-profit organization promoting land preservation choices. LandChoices is working to reach landowners and provide them with land preservation choices BEFORE they make that fateful decision to subdivide their land for conventional subdivision development.
'The Economics of Conservation Subdivisions: Price Premiums, Improvement Costs, and Absorption Rates' a 24-page article by Rayman Mohamed of Wayne State University suggests "that designs that take a holistic view of ecology, aesthetics, and sense of community can assuage concerns about higher density".
University of Michigan study finds homebuyers want view of woods, not large lawns.
Natural Lands Trust A Pennsylvania based land trust organization that has promoted Open Space Residential Design or Conservation Subdivision design in and around Philadelphia. Click on "Planning" then on "Growing Greener."
'By Gosh it's a Bylaw' article by Andrea Cooper of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) describing Outreach and Education in relation to OSRD (Spring 2006).
'Visualizing Density: A Bird's Eye View; the Density Problem' article from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy describing Outreach and Education as related to urban density.
Image Library, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center The PBIC has teamed with Walkable Communities, Inc. and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council to provide this online Image Library, a searchable collection of over 2,500 categorized images.
EPA's Community Energy Challenge
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission's Renewable Energy Project
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Mass Climate Action Network
EPA NE resource pages
U.S. Green Building Council web links
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Energy & Environmental Building Association
MTC green building
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Alliance to Save Energy
Home Energy Saver web-based energy audit tool
Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance
Rocky Mountain Institute
MTC - Renewable Energy Trust
American Wind Energy Association
Solar Energy Industries Association
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy/Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Surface Transportation Policy Project
Union of Concerned Scientists Clean Vehicles
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Victoria Transport Policy Institute
VTPI TDM encyclopedia
Northeast Alternative Vehicle Consortium
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources
'Parking Spaces / Community Places: Finding the Balance through Smart Growth Solutions' publication by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency describing variety of Smart Parking approaches (January 2006).
Victoria Transport Policy Institute an online encyclopedia of Transportation Demand Management and Parking Management.
'Parking Management: Strategies for More Efficient Use of Parking Resources' report by Todd Litman published through the Victoria Transport Policy Institute providing overview of parking management strategies (April 2006).
'The Trouble with Minimum Parking Requirements' report by Donald Shoup, University of California, providing overview of traditional U.S. minimum parking requirements (1999).
'Model Zoning Regulations for Parking for Northwestern Connecticut' model ordinance covering a variety of best practices with zoning language and comments. Produced by Fitzgerald & Halliday Inc. for the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (September 2003)
Mashpee Commons webpage about the Master Plan behind this award-winning development.
Churchill Homes a Hope VI project for the Churchill Neighborhood in Holyoke, MA, was a sensitive integration of the new community into the existing city fabric developed by Dietz & Company Architects
Congress for the New Urbanism website highlights walkable, human-scaled neighborhoods as the building blocks of sustainable communities and regions.
'Transfer of Development Rights Report' study produced for the South County Watershed Technical Planning Assistance Project by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. It is one of several reports about creative land use techniques to accommodate growth while minimizing impacts to the environment and community character. April 2001
Pinelands Development Credit Bank webpage from the NJ Department of Banking and Credit gives information about a program begun in 1985 which has helped increase the value of development rights and assisted owners in selling their land.
'Building Transit Oriented Development in Established Communities' a paper by Julie Goodwill and Sara J. Hendricks published by the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida (November 2002).
Victoria Transport Policy Institute using public transit to create more accessible and livable neighborhoods.
Capital Region Council of Governments transit-oriented development - detailed technical analysis.
Municipal Research and Services Center for Washington transit-supportive site design and density - a list of resources.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection webpage listing Massachusetts wastewater regulations, forms and guidance documentation.
National Small Flows Clearinghouse a comprehensive online information source for wastewater technologies and management programs funded by USEPA.
Massachusetts Environmental Code, Title 5 link to CMR 15.0. Standard requirements for the siting, construction, inspection, upgrade and expansion of on-site sewage treatment and disposal systems and for the transport and disposal of sewage.
Massachusetts Title 5 Guidance guidance on system upgrades in areas subject to nitrogen loading limitations effective December 1999.
Block Island / Green Hill Pond Watershed Wastewater Demonstration Project sample wastewater management program by the On-site Wastewater Resource Center, University of Rhode Island.
Massachusetts Water Policy website and policy document (issued November 2004) from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Vegetative Buffers web page provides background and links to excellent resources on stormwater and vegetative buffers offered by the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management.
International Stormwater Best Management Practices Database project website which features technical documents, software and database developed over the past decade.
Toolbox of Riparian Buffer Management website assembles existing materials of use to local officials in drafting and implementing regulations to protect riparian areas. Developed by the Long Island NEP, regulations may or may not be applicable under MGLs.
Source Water Protection for Municipalities resource for municipal officials and community volunteers developed by The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources - Renewable Energy Programs
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative - Renewable Energy Trust
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Clean Energy Programs
State Sustainability - Leading By Example Program
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - University of Massachusetts
Citizens for Alternative Renewable Energy - Hull Wind
New England Wind Fund - Mass Energy Consumers Alliance