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South Shore Chamber takes a stand, calls for more housing

Posted on September 22, 2017

RANDOLPH --- As part of its South Shore 2030 campaign, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce released its housing report at a breakfast meeting before 250 members. 

The report calls for more flexible zoning and the production of at least 44,000 units, with a focus on development near rail, industrial parks, retail and town centers. For more details, download the South Shore 2030 housing report.

MHP served on the report's working group and MHP Executive Director Clark Ziegler and Chairman Chris Oddleifson of Rockland Trust led off yesterday's release with a presentation on how the state's housing production picture relates to the South Shore.

Utilizing data analysis from MHP's Center for Housing Data, Ziegler made a presentation of how the state's housing production picture relates to the South Shore's situation. To see the presentation, download MHP's report on housing production in Massachusetts.

Oddleifson then talked about how the region's shortage of housing and high prices makes it difficult to recruit employees. He then asked why housing is one of the only markets where what's produced isn't necessarily what people want 

The Baker Administration's Undersecretary for Housing, Chrystal Kornegay, spoke to the audience about the need for housing and the importance of having the business community speak up.

The unveiling of the report received front page news coverage in the Sept. 22 Patriot Ledger, with a story by Lane Lambert focusing on the chamber's plan for building more housing to attract young professionals by focusing on zoning, and development near transit, commercial and retail sites and near downtowns.