A Step in the Right Direction

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with FITZGERALD Real Estate 9500521

2021 has started off in the right direction in addressing the housing shortage in Massachusetts as there is good news on the legislative front. On January 7th, the House and Senate passed the Housing Choice bill, H. 5250, An Act enabling partnerships for growth, as part of the economic development package.

This legislation will enable cities and towns to adopt zoning related to housing development by a simple majority vote rather than a two-thirds supermajority as it currently stands.

Other important provisions in this 101-page bill will directly affect us here in the Valley. It includes 5 million dollars to fund broadband improvements that we desperately need, especially in Franklin County. There are several towns and thousands of households without access or inadequate connectivity. Also included in the package is 60 million dollars to fund affordable housing initiatives.

This bill has been one of the primary focuses of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors legislative priorities' for several years. We recognize that creating housing in all housing sectors, including affordable housing, entry-level housing, multi-families, accessory dwelling units, "in-law" apartments, and mixed-use housing, are critical in addressing the need for housing in the Commonwealth, including the Pioneer Valley. The support of our legislature is a step in the right direction.

The last stop is the Governor's desk. Governor Baker will have until Saturday of this week to give his response and hopefully sign the bill. Though he is very involved and focused on dealing with COVID, he understands the ever-mounting need to address the housing shortage here in Massachusetts.  ~Stay tuned. 

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FITZGERALD Real Estate  

Corinne A Fitzgerald
AHWD, CBR, CHMS, CIPS, CRS, GRI, PMN
FITZGERALD Real Estate
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Greenfield, MA 01301
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413-376-4433 direct office line

 Corinne@Realtor.com
 2015 President - Massachusetts Association REALTORS®
         2012 President – REALTOR® Association of the Pioneer Valley

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Comments (4)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Corinne,  I hope your governor signs it by this weekend for your state.  Fingers cross.

 

Jan 14, 2021 08:57 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Corinne Fitzgerald ....Gov. Baker does a good job and I'm sure you'll get what you need.....

Jan 14, 2021 09:05 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

It is good to see your Governor is willing to help your market area. I hope your area gets the help it needs.

Jan 14, 2021 01:37 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

It appears that your local politicians are doing something to help prospective homeowner fulfill their dreams. Making it easier to approve new housing developments! Money to improve broadband to benefit new and existing citizens! I hope the bill was signed and enacted. It will benefit many.

Jan 19, 2021 04:02 PM