Some Suburbs Roll Out YIMBY Welcome Mats

Leaders in Watertown, Needham and elsewhere are looking to go above and beyond the call of the MBTA Communities law even as those in other towns are making headlines with their resistance.

Milton Planning Board Eyes Two Zoning Solutions

The Milton Planning Board signaled Thursday night that it intends to develop two zoning plans to comply with the MBTA Communities law, one if it is deemed a rapid transit community, as the state contends, and another if it succeeds in being reclassified as an adjacent community subject to a much lower zoning requirement.

Healey Pulls Milton Grant After Zoning Vote

The state is stripping Milton of a $140,800 coastal resiliency grant awarded only a month ago after voters there rejected a multifamily zoning package last week that was intended to bring the town into compliance with the MBTA Communities transit-oriented zoning law.

Milton Vote Derails MBTA Communities Compliance

Milton voters rejected a rezoning plan that would have encouraged multifamily development, becoming the first Boston suburb to defy the state’s MBTA Communities law, which is designed to encourage housing production and ease Massachusetts’ affordability crisis.

If You Rezone It, Will They Develop?

Brokers and developers say opportunities for the kinds of large-scale projects that would move the needle on Massachusetts’ housing shortage are few and far between under rezonings completed so far under the MBTA Communities law.