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NAIOP represents the interests of the commercial real estate industry at the federal, state, and local levels. Through regulatory, legislative, and judicial advocacy, NAIOP works to advance economic development, strengthen communities, and ensure that issues facing the industry are understood by leading policymakers.

Interested in shaping NAIOP’s advocacy work? NAIOP members are encouraged to join the Government Affairs Committee. For more information, contact Anastasia Daou, NAIOP’s VP of Policy & Public Affairs.

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By Anastasia Nicolaou | April 2, 2024

On Thursday, March 28, Mayor Wu announced her intention to file a Home Rule Petition with City Council allowing the City to lessen increases in residential property tax bills caused by declining commercial values by temporarily shifting more of the property tax levy onto owners of commercial and industrial properties. The proposal was filed this week with City Council for consideration at Wednesday’s Council Meeting.

On Friday, March 29, The Boston Globe Editorial Board chose not to endorse Mayor Wu’s proposal, and instead stated their agreement with NAIOP’s position, suggesting that the City consider diversifying revenue streams.

Dain Torpy Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of NAIOP & Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® in Shoucair v. Zoning Board of Appeals of Boston & Others

By Anastasia Nicolaou | April 1, 2024

On March 8, law firm Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner (Dain Torpy) filed an amicus brief on behalf of NAIOP Massachusetts – The Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) and the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® (MAR). Because Boston’s zoning appeal bond requirement is established by statutory text that is distinct from, and pre-dates, the Commonwealth’s separate zoning appeal bond provision, the brief urges the SJC to affirm the Superior Court’s imposition of a bond on the appellant in this case without requiring an “in bad faith” determination.

Ballot Efforts to Legalize Rent Control Fail to Gather Signatures Needed

By Anastasia Nicolaou | November 13, 2023

Efforts to advance a ballot question seeking to establish a broad spectrum of policies related to the rental housing market, including the legalization of rent control, gathered less than 15% of the required signatures over six weeks of outreach. With the November 22 signature deadline looming, the campaign was unable to gather the remaining 60,000+ signatures required and has suspended operations. This means that the question will not go before voters in 2024.

As NAIOP CEO Tamara Small told The Boston Globe over the weekend, rent control will not address our housing crisis.

Healey-Driscoll Administration Releases $4 Billion Housing Bond Bill

By Tamara Small | October 20, 2023

Today NAIOP CEO Tamara Small joined business leaders, advocates, legislators, developers, and representatives from the Healey-Driscoll administration in Chelsea for the unveiling of the Administration’s $4 billion housing bond bill, The Affordable Homes Act. The legislation represents the largest proposed investment in housing in the state’s history.


By Anastasia Nicolaou | September 27, 2023

In direct response to NAIOP’s advocacy and work convening a broad range of business and economic development groups over two legislative sessions, the final bill includes a language tripling the annual cap on the Housing Development Incentive Program from $10 million to $30 million, and a one-time $57 million allocation to clear out the almost-2,000 unit backlog of shovel ready housing projects in Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth. The bill also includes a NAIOP-supported $20 million increase in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, bringing the total annual allocation to $60 million.

Governor Healey Signs FY24 Budget Extending Brownfields Tax Credit Through January 1, 2029

By Anastasia Nicolaou | August 9, 2023

On August 9, 2023, Governor Healey signed the FY24 budget.

In direct response to NAIOP’s advocacy, the final budget includes a five-year extension of the Brownfields Tax Credit through January 1, 2029. Since the beginning of the session in January, NAIOP has worked with the Healey-Driscoll Administration, the Legislature, and a broad coalition of business groups and housing advocates to ensure the extension was considered for early passage.

Read on to learn about other investments found in the final FY24 budget.

Governor Healey Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Lack of Shelter Availability in Massachusetts

By Tamara Small | August 9, 2023

Governor Healey declared that a state of emergency exists in Massachusetts due to rapidly rising numbers of migrant families arriving in the Commonwealth in need of shelter and services – and a severe lack of shelter capacity in the state. The state of emergency will allow the Administration to advocate for federal support to address the need for expanded shelter access and other services.

There are several ways for individuals and companies to support families seeking safety and shelter in Massachusetts right now.

Legislature Passes Final Budget – Includes Extension of Brownfields Tax Credit

By Anastasia Nicolaou | August 1, 2023

In the afternoon of July 31, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate passed the final FY24 Budget.  

In direct response to NAIOP’s advocacy, the final budget includes a five year extension of the Brownfields Tax Credit, which was previously set to expire on January 1, 2024. Since the beginning of the session in January, NAIOP has worked with the Healey-Driscoll Administration, the Legislature, and a broad coalition of business groups and housing advocates to ensure the extension was considered for early passage.

What’s the Forecast for Commercial Real Estate?

By Tamara Small | July 12, 2023

Since the beginning of 2020, fear of a recession has kept economists and policymakers up at night. But even now, despite high interest rates, consumer spending is up, and many are asking – is this the recession we planned for? At a recent mid-year economic overview hosted by NAIOP Massachusetts, the experts dug into the data.


By Anastasia Nicolaou | June 22, 2023

In mid-May, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) released an updated proposal for the City’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP).

Read on to learn more about NAIOP’s position on this policy; and for updates from the State House regarding the FY24 budget; tax reform; and Governor Healey’s new housing announcement.

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