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March

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2000

Annual Report - 1999

In 1999, MHP became recognized as a qualified state agency to refinance federally subsidized housing developments and keep them affordable. MHP's one-stop rental financing was key to getting deals approved and closed quickly. Meanwhile, CHI approved 39 community assistance awards and provided staff or consultant support to 76 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth.

November

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1999

Zoning for housing affordability

Inclusionary zoning: A study the impact of zoning ordinances on the production of affordable housing across the state. Conducted by the nationally-recognized community planning firm Philip B. Herr and Associates, the 1999 report found that one-third of the state's communities indicated in their zoning the intent to promote and develop affordable housing.

November

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1946

Residential Area Survey (1946)

A postwar report by the Massachusetts State Planning Board in 1946 found that 57 percent of prime land available for housing development (tracts greater than 5 acres served by public water) in the Commonwealth’s major metropolitan areas was zoned to allow multifamily housing. At that time the federal government recommended development at 5 units per acre (8,000 square foot lots) for single-family housing, 12 units per acre for townhouses, and 20 units per acre for apartments.

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