40B Project

This page will be updated as new information and resources become available.

Next 40B Meeting:

Thursday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


40B Frequently Asked Questions

Past Meetings:

40B Workshop - Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Recording: https://youtu.be/k2SDv0GMSI0

40B Public Forum - Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Recording: https://youtu.be/iHYICtYMYPw

40B Public Forum - Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Recording: https://youtu.be/e_Q0xtUiNv8

40B Workshop - Tuesday November 24, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Recording: https://youtu.be/uroN9xKD5wI

40B Workshop - Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Recording: https://youtu.be/FvC6qs_iRqQ

40B First Public Presentation - Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m.

Recording: https://youtu.be/3ye7Vhludgc


October 29, 2020 40B Presentation

About 40B

G.L. c. 40B, §§ 20-23 – known as Chapter 40B or the Comprehensive Permit Law – is a state law that was enacted in 1969 to facilitate construction of low- or moderate-income housing. It establishes a consolidated local review and approval process (known as a “comprehensive permit”) that empowers the zoning board of appeals (ZBA) in each city and town to hold hearings and make binding decisions that encompass all local ordinances or bylaws and regulations. In certain circumstances, the ZBA’s comprehensive permit decision may be appealed to the Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee (HAC), which has the power to affirm, modify, or overturn local decisions.