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This is a "once in a generation" opportunity for zoning reform. State legislators should seize the opportunity before the legislative session ends July 31.
is the Town of Tewksbury's Community Development director and president of the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors.
Why should Prada Bags Nylon Tote such "good planning" provisions continue to be excluded from the tools used by Massachusetts planners and officials?
laws hurt our environment as well. Every day in Massachusetts, 22 acres of forest and farmland are converted primarily to low density residential sprawl. One contributor is an obsolete process called "Approval Not Required" (ANR) development, which allows for new lots to be created on a public way. ANRs occur without notice to abutting property owners and offer no opportunity for communities to adjust the proposal. We are the only state in the nation that allows this. The reform proposal enables a city or town to replace ANR with an expedited "minor subdivision" review process with some teeth in it.
The status quo threatens Massachusetts' future. The bill costs the state nothing and should save cities and towns money.
Finally Massachusetts has a chance to get it right when it comes to state rules about the process and type of development reviewed and approved by local governments.
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Our cities and towns deserve a modern set of tools to plan ahead for growth. The state's outdated zoning, planning and permitting laws make it cheapest and easiest to build projects in haphazard locations that may waste taxpayer dollars. Innovative concepts are not accounted for in the rules last updated 40 years ago. Outdated rules are part of the problem for some projects that produce development no one likes. Many projects become mired in legal wrangling, wasting time and Rolex Submariner Black Gold
Its passage is an important step toward a fair system of development rules that will encourage our communities to plan ahead for the growth we need, instead of just reacting to unanticipated development proposals. Chris Kluchman, AICP, is the director of Land Use Management for the Town of Westford. Steve Sadwick Rolex Datejust Blue Dial Two Tone
It is time for sensible reform. There is a bill pending on Beacon Hill that begins to fix this. House Bill No.
Let's take development fights out of the courts. This bill brings our zoning law into the 21st century and clarifies many gray areas of the law so that everyone understands what they mean. It sets reasonable procedures for issuing zoning variances that will benefit property owners and municipalities. It encourages development disputes to be resolved by mediation rather than court battles.
reform bill will improve development process
The zoning reform bill is driven by the expertise of many groups that care about sensible growth and the quality of life in our communities, such as the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and the organization that represent municipal attorneys.
The proposal makes it quicker and cheaper for communities to decide where to sensibly grow and where to preserve by making master planning more flexible and less costly. It encourages communities to establish districts for prompt permitting of housing and commercial growth while adopting environmental protections. The law provides for predictable development impact fees, which will curb contentious negotiations with developers about paying for a fair share of new roads or other public infrastructure related to new development.
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