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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
On December 15, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced a set of proposals to make substantial changes to the City’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) and the commercial Linkage Policy. The announcement also previewed the City’s intent to review proposed changes to the Article 80 permitting process with the goal of implementing clear timelines and predictability for projects.Read More
In September, NAIOP joined a coalition of housing advocates, municipalities, state agencies and real estate groups in signing onto an amicus brief in the case of Terrence Marengi Jr. & others v. 6 Forest Road LLC & Others. The brief urged the Supreme Judicial Court to uphold the bond requirements set by the lower court under new provisions of the state Zoning Act, Chapter 40A, enacted in 2021. NAIOP supports the lower court’s position that the bond requirements created for zoning appeals under the new law should apply to appeals made pursuant to Chapter 40B.Read More
On September 14, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new efforts designed to oversee currently unregulated stormwater runoff in the watersheds of the Charles, Neponset, and Mystic Rivers.Read More
NAIOP ADVOCACY ALERT: Climate Bill Enacted; BPDA Implements DEI Policy; New Zoning Rules for MBTA Communities Released Support for our Advocacy Alerts is Generously Provided By: Serlin Haley, LLP and Pierce Atwood, LLC GOVERNOR BAKER SIGNS CLIMATE BILL This afternoon, Governor Baker signed An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind. Throughout the legislative process,…Read More
At its Annual Meeting in December 2021, NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, elected its 2022 Officers and Directors, who include the principals of many of the region’s leading commercial real estate firms.Read More