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AIA Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee

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The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA) and the “Great Neighborhoods” Campaign

Great Neighborhoods is the latest iteration of the zoning reform effort, combined now with provisions designed to bolster housing production in sensible locations. A version of this legislation passed the Senate late in the session last year and we’re in good position to pass some version this term.

Please join the AIA Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee on Tuesday July 11th at 8:30 am at BSA Space as they host MSGA Executive Director, Andre Leroux and Deputy Director, Larry Fields for a presentation of the main ideas behind the Great Neighborhoods campaign. The presentation will emphasize the pieces of greatest interest to design professionals while also seeking feedback from AIA membership. Some of the exciting items in the legislation include:• A statewide requirement, for the first time, that every community provide reasonable and realistic opportunities for multifamily housing in smart growth locations.• Accessory apartments within the main structure of a single family home, allowed by right (with some limitations).• Communities to allow artist live/work spaces by special permit.• Form-based codes defined and specifically authorized for the first time.• More reasonable variance rules. For those interested in participating but unable to attend in person, the meeting will be broadcast over the web. Web log-in and call-in information are noted below.Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Telephone: Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 141 849 308

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