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October

31

2002

Barnstable court decision

In October 2002 the state Superior Court struck down a general bylaw adopted by the Town of Barnstable that imposed an affordable housing impact fee on all housing developments smaller than 10 units. Contrary to many reports, the court decision had nothing to do with inclusionary zoning, but instead focused on the legality of charging fees. Read an explanation on the court ruling, download full text of the decision and review Barnstable's bylaw.

March

1

2002

Annual Report - 2001

Includes essays about MHP's intensive community assistance in Abington, Manchester, and Westford, MHP's financing of an SRO in Roxbury, helping Main South CDC rehab housing in Worcester, and SoftSecond making a difference in Springfield.

January

1

2002

Report of the Governor's Special Commission on Barriers to Housing Development

In October 2000, a report released by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance highlighted impediments to housing development and proposed a special commission be created to recommend statutory, regulatory and operational changes to reduce undeeded barrier to housing development. This report is a product of that Special Commission on Barriers to Housing Development.

March

1

2001

Annual Report - 2000

Includes essays about a non-profit developing affordable housing in East Boston; profiles MHP's Intensive Community Assistance helping to revitalize Springfield's Lower Liberty neighborhood; the SoftSecond Loan Program at work in Lynn; and working with the Barnstable Housing Authority to provide technical assistance and long-term financing.