Making the Case for Housing: Can We Balance Regional Needs and Local Concerns?

October 19, 2010

Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor,Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Tina Brooks, Undersecretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Commentary byAlexander von Hoffman, Senior Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies and author “To Preserve and Protect: Land Use Regulations in Weston, Massachusetts”

Moderated byEdward Glaeser, Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University and Director, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Taubman Center for State and Local Government

For decades, state and local leaders in Massachusetts have tried to develop housing policies that reconcile two often-competing values: the desire to control land use at the local level and the regional need for affordable housing. A key element in this effort has been Chapter 40B, a unique law giving state officials the power to override local land-use decisions that would restrict the development of projects that include some permanently subsidized units. However, that law would be greatly curtailed by a referendum on the November ballot. What can state and local officials do to improve the substance of – and discussions about – state and local policies that affect housing in greater Boston?

Cosponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Joint Center for Housing Studies