Above image: The Holden McGinley House, one of the historic homes that may be affected by upcoming 40B projects. It is my mission to work toward the Preservation of Historic Homes and gardens like this one, while seeking alternatives to high impact development that also increase the availability of affordable housing in Milton.
We hear a lot about 40B in Milton, but what is it really? 40B is also known as the Comprehensive Permit Act and it was enacted by the State of Massachusetts in 1969 to help address a lack of affordable housing in the state. 40B allows developers to override certain parts of zoning restrictions in order to build denser housing. This can only take place in communities where less than 10% of housing is considered affordable and so long as at least 25% of the unit’s being built will be considered affordable housing.
What is affordable? According to Wikepedia affordable housing is housing which is deemed affordable to those with a median household income or below as rated by the national government or a local government by a recognized housing affordability index. In other words a unit which could be purchased or rented by a household making up to 80% of the median income of the area.
For more information on the 40B Project, and to see which proposals are being considered 40B in Milton, visit the links below.