On April 25, 2014, the Boston Bar Association will host a lunch program entitled “The (Slow) Rise and (Sudden) Fall of the Chapter 40B Municipal Planning Defense.”  This program is jointly sponsored by the BBA’s Land Use and Development Committee (of which MLUM author Johanna Schneider is co-chair) and its Affordable Housing Committee.  The guest

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently turned its attention back to affordable housing under the state’s comprehensive permit law, M.G.L. c. 40B, §§ 20-23 (Chapter 40B).  Since a high point in 2008, when it decided four Chapter 40B cases, the SJC has been relatively quiet on this subject.  Quiet, that is, until the past few weeks, when the

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today issued its decision in Zoning Board of Appeals of Lunenburg v. Housing Appeals Committee.  This decision affirms a decision of the Housing Appeals Committee (HAC) that overturned the Lunenburg Zoning Board of Appeals’ denial of a comprehensive permit for a 146-unit condominium project.  Among the topics the SJC addresses are whether non-subsidized affordable housing counts

Massachusetts voters yesterday rejected Question 2, the ballot question that proposed to repeal the state’s affordable housing statute, known as Chapter 40B.  The final tally was 58% against repeal and 42% in favor, a pretty decisive outcome.  What’s interesting is the town-by-town results, shown here.  It makes sense that most of the cities voted against