Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities

Draft Guidelines for the Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities in the new section 3A of c.40A are now available at: Please use the online comment form on the site. 

The deadline for submitting comments is March 31, 2022.  

Enacted as part of the economic development bill in January 2021, new Section 3A of M.G.L. c. 40A (the Zoning Act) 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 meets other criteria set forth in the statute: 

  • Minimum gross density of 15 units per acre 
  • Not more than ½ miles from a commuter rail station, subway station, ferry terminal or bus station, if applicable. 
  • No age restrictions 
  • Suitable for families with children. 

An MBTA community that does not comply with Section 3A is not eligible for funding from: the Housing Choice Initiative, the Local Capital Projects Fund, or the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. 

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