Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has set a goal to add 135,000 housing units across the state.
As reported by The Boston Globe, the governor hopes to accomplish this goal by making it easier for cities and towns to change zoning. Cities and towns can now opt-in to a simple majority vote in order to change zoning laws to create more dense housing. Currently, many cities and towns employ a super majority (2/3 vote) within city counsels or boards of selectmen, which makes changing zoning especially challenging.
We applaud this move by the governor as projects in the past have not been built because zoning was never changed due to the need super majority vote. The housing crisis in Boston is a regional problem and all surrounding cities and towns need to do their part in create more, dense housing.