State legislators could soon have a chance to consign one real estate trend of 2019 to the scrap heap: inaction on the state’s housing crisis.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to make zoning changes easier at the local level is one step closer to passage after the Housing Committee voted to advance it alongside 20 other bills aimed at generating new housing production.
A key piece of zoning reform legislation that Gov. Charlie Baker has said could unlock the construction of over 100,000 housing units suddenly sprang back to live yesterday on Beacon Hill after months of hibernation.
A long-time figure in the state’s housing policy debates is facing a primary challenge from the left from a candidate focused on housing issues.
While housing activists and progressive state legislators rallied for rent control legislation on the steps of the State House Tuesday, a co-chair of the state legislator’s Housing Committee said anti-development municipalities were blocking legislation that would help build more housing.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh repeated his support for certain eviction protections and called on the commercial real estate industry to find a “balance between profit and [social] impact” in a speech before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Tuesday.
Despite calls from housing experts, municipal leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker himself, House Speaker Bob DeLeo said he wasn’t ready to commit to passing a bill aimed at spurring housing production by the end of 2019.
Flanked by housing and economic development officials whose tenures in state government date back to 2004, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito called on lawmakers to pass the Baker administration’s housing production bill in the next 11 weeks.
Four former housing and economic development secretaries plan to join the governor for a press conference Wednesday afternoon to highlight Baker’s bill (H.3507) and talk about negative economic impacts from the state’s housing crisis.
With lawmakers on Beacon Hill once again dithering over the state budget and, having blown a deadline weeks ago with the arrival of the new fiscal year, things certainly aren’t looking great for zoning reform legislation. But some are optimistic a turning point is near.
A central, troubling theme emerges from the Dain report on Greater Boston multifamily land use policies: Land use decisions and plans in many towns and cities have a tenuous relationship with reality.
The realities of a housing market where affordable homes, condos and apartments are increasingly hard to come by for middle- and low-income residents has prompted numerous proposals on Beacon Hill for spurring housing development. But so far, there’s no consensus.
As the state’s housing crunch rages on, opinion at Tuesday’s hearing on key zoning reform legislation is still split over whether the bill goes far enough to help those most affected by the situation.
Ahead of a hearing next week on housing production bills, a coalition is speaking out on Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal, saying it doesn’t do enough to help those hardest hit by the housing crisis.
A debate unfolding in Cambridge in recent months over a proposal to make affordable housing easier to build by right in the city shows how important it is that the legislature act on Gov. Charlie Baker’s modest Act to Promote Housing Choices.
Efforts like Gov. Charlie Baker’s Housing Choice bill – which would amend state law to make it easier for local zoning boards to approve certain categories of housing – may assist in the creation of more market-rate housing in some communities. But it would not address the dire shortage of affordable housing units among the state’s poorest residents.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and others in the Baker administration to continue to try to build public support for a proposal to make housing-friendly zoning easier to pass. The legislature’s timeline for considering the measure, however, remains unclear.