These model bylaws build upon the good work of many Massachusetts organizations and municipalities. Drawing on the challenges faced by several communities, these models attempt to present effective local legislation that will offer attractive smart growth incentives to residents and the development community.
As with all model bylaws, these are not meant to be adopted "as is". Commentary provided in each model will highlight the questions that local decision makers should ask when tailoring these models to their individual community's needs. In all cases, a comprehensive approach should identify potential conflicts with other existing bylaws or local rules and regulations. Adopting smart growth provisions will likely require other adjustments to other community regulations. Town Counsel should be consulted before presenting any bylaw to Town Meeting or City/Town Council vote.