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Massachusetts Comprehensive Permits and Regional Planning Initiative

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Permits and Regional Planning Initiative, also known as Question 2, appeared on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Massachusetts as an initiative. Question 2 was rejected by the Massachusetts voters by 1,254,759 “No” votes to 900,405 “Yes” votes.[1] The measure had been sponsored by Better Not Bigger, a local advocacy group in the state.[2][3][4]

The proposed measure would have repealed a state law, the [5]

Details of Chapter 40B include:[6]

  • It became a law in 1969.
  • Allows developers to avoid local zoning limits if they agree to reserve some of their projects for moderate-income residents.
  • About 25 percent of the units must be set aside for moderate-income residents to meet this requirement.
  • Local areas can reject projects if 10 percent or more of their housing stock is deemed affordable.
  • If local towns or cities are making progress toward said 10 percent mark, they can still reject projects.

Legislative history

The initiative was reviewed by the [5][7]

Text of measure

Summary

The summary of the measure reads:[8]

This proposed law would repeal an existing state law that allows a qualified organization wishing to build government-subsidized housing that includes low- or moderate-income units to apply for a single comprehensive permit from a city or town's zoning board of appeals (ZBA), instead of separate permits from each local agency or official having jurisdiction over any aspect of the proposed housing. The repeal would take effect on January 1, 2011, but would not stop or otherwise affect any proposed housing that had already received both a comprehensive permit and a building permit for at least one unit ...

A YES VOTE would repeal the state law allowing the issuance of a single comprehensive permit to build housing that includes low- or moderate-income units.

A NO VOTE would make no change in the state law allowing issuance of such a comprehensive permit.

Support

Supporters

  • Affordable Housing Now-Yes on 2 is the main campaign for the measure.
  • Bigger Not Better[4]

Arguments

  • Massachusetts has become the 3rd most expensive state in the country!
  • Chapter 40B, has been in place for more than 40 years and is directly responsible for our lack of affordability.

Opposition

Opponents

  • The Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law.
  • Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O'Brien.[9]

Financing

The following contributions have been made in opposition to the measure:[10]
Contributor Amount
Massachusetts Association of Realtors $235,000.00
Citizens Housing and Planning Association $100,000.00
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations $61,000
National Apartment Association $50,000
Greater Boston Real Estate Board $47,250
Home Builders Association of Massachusetts $25,000

Arguments

  • repealing the affordable housing law would immediately halt the creation of housing that is affordable to seniors and working families in many communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

References

  1. ^ Massachusetts Secretary of State
  2. ^ , "Ballot initiative effort targets 40B repeal", February 17, 2010The Daily News Tribune
  3. ^ , "Massachusetts ballot questions announced by secretary of state", July 15, 2010Wicked Local
  4. ^ a b , "Better Not Bigger Challenges Chapter 40B", August 12, 2010Concord Patch
  5. ^ a b Current Petitions Filed
  6. ^ , "Massachusetts group: Use of 40B on the decline", March 24, 2010Wicked Local
  7. ^ , "Elections: Initiative Petition for Law"Massachusetts Secretary of State
  8. ^ , "Election overview: What's on the ballot statewide", August 17, 2010The Salem News
  9. ^ , "Mayor against ballot question on housing", September 7, 2010Local News Telegram
  10. ^ , "OCPF Searchable Campaign Finance Database", Retrieved October 25, 2010Massachusetts.gov
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