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Section 3A of Chapter 40A

Manchester is subject to a new state law which addresses multi-family housing in MBTA communities.  The law reads as follows:

An MBTA community shall have a zoning ordinance or by-law that provides for at least 1 district of reasonable size in which multi-family housing is permitted as of right; provided, however, that such multi-family housing shall be without age restrictions and shall be suitable for families with children. For the purposes of this section, a district of reasonable size shall: (i) have a minimum gross density of 15 units per acre, subject to any further limitations imposed by section 40 of chapter 131 and title 5 of the state environmental code established pursuant to section 13 of chapter 21A; and (ii) be located not more than 0.5 miles from a commuter rail station, subway station, ferry terminal or bus station, if applicable.

Read further: How might 3A impact Manchester?

MBTA communities, interested stakeholders and the public are invited to submit comment below on Draft Guidelines.

Manchester residents: The Town's Planning Board is interested in your comments to the state.  Please feel free to send Planning Board clerk Sharon George a copy of your correspondence:

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