Junction Village debate includes potential for 40B

Wicked Local Concord | By Henry Schwan
March 13, 2017

The proposed $17 million Junction Village affordable housing project in Concord has its share of supporters and detractors, and one issue at the heart of the debate is Chapter 40B of Massachusetts General Laws.

Chapter 40B was enacted in 1969 to address a shortage of affordable housing created by local zoning and permitting regulations. Under 40B, a developer can bypass local zoning regulations if a community’s affordable housing stock falls below 10 percent and the project includes at least 25 percent affordable housing.

Some believe Junction Village is necessary to prevent a 40B developer from building a project in Concord, while others say 40B is nothing to fear.

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