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EPA Announces Implementation of Residual Designation Authority for Stormwater Discharges in Massachusetts Watersheds

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.

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Rent Control Is Not the Answer to Our Housing Crisis

Rent Control Is Not the Answer to Our Housing Crisis Decades of Research Shows Its Harm By Tamara Small | This column originally appeared in Banker & Tradesman on September 11, 2022 In July, yet another report was issued highlighting the housing crisis in Massachusetts. The Housing Underproduction Report examined markets throughout the country and…

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NAIOP ADVOCACY ALERT: Climate Bill Enacted; BPDA Implements DEI Policy; New Zoning Rules for MBTA Communities Released

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,…

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Transfer Taxes Tempt, But Would Only Worsen Housing Crisis: City Budget Threatened if New Investment Discouraged

By Tamara Small | This post originally appeared in Banker & Tradesman on April 3, 2022 The shortage of affordable and workforce housing is currently one of the greatest threats to the Massachusetts economy. With rents and home prices continuing to increase, we see more and more of the workforce priced out of the market…

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Investing in Water Infrastructure Has to Be at the Top of the List

When communities invest in water infrastructure, they protect their residents, set up their local businesses for success and create future opportunities for economic investment – as demonstrated by MassBio’s BioReady evaluation. Such investments in Burlington led to 300 new apartment units in one mixed-use development; similar upgrades in Revere resulted in over 200 new units of housing.  

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Industry Groups Worry Massachusetts Climate Bill Could Derail Development

NAIOP Massachusetts, which represents major commercial and residential developers, says the goals of the bill, which would slash emissions by 50% of 1990 levels by end of this decade, are laudable. The NextGen Roadmap bill even won praise from one of state’s largest business groups, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, as well as from environmental organizations.

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Boston First to Embrace Obama-Era Zoning Rules

Boston will become the first major city in the country to incorporate Obama-era, federal anti-discrimination rules into the process of reviewing major new apartment and condo projects. This article was originally published in ENR New England on December 21, 2020.

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Optimism Colors Shifting Views of Development Market

The Rubber Meets the Road with Realities of Resilient Reentry

SEPT. 15, 2020…..Commercial real estate and development experts said they are confident that the pandemic won’t spell the end of the development boom in and around Boston, but they said they are keeping their eyes on consumer and workforce trends that might reshape their industry.

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