Statewide Virtual Meeting Thu Sep 8: Zoning Reform and Land Use Research Session

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At this event we'll have a directed group discussion about zoning reform and land use. Our focus will of course be on multifamily housing. We will start with a short presentation on zoning and land use restrictions, including a zoning reform proposed in Newton. (This discussion is not limited to landlords with ties to Newton.) We will aim to cover a variety of topics of interest to zoning reform researchers and advocates, including:

  • How many of us have recently added a unit to an existing developed lot?
  • How many of us would add units to existing developed lots if we could?
  • What do we think some of the upsides of zoning reform are? What are some of the downsides?
  • What is it like to try for a zoning appeal?
  • Why do landlords support zoning reform?

Attendees will leave having shared perspective with MassLandlords staff and research associates in ways that will influence academic research and policy advocacy.

Screenshot of the MAPC zoning atlas showing huge swaths of what people think of as dense parts of the state that do not allow 2+ units on a lot. More than half of Boston is now effectively single family.
The MAPC Zoning Atlas shows that huge swaths of areas perceived as dense no longer allow creation or restoration of 2+ units on a single lot (brown), even with special permission. More than half of Boston is now effectively single family.
Jenna wears her hair back, wears glasses and smiles broadly in an outdoor café under a pergola.
Jenna Davis, PhD Student in Urban Planning at Columbia University.

This discussion will be moderated in part by Jenna Davis. Jenna is a PhD Candidate in Urban Planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of Columbia University. Jenna’s current research examines how local land use regulations interact with neighborhood change in North American cities.

Picture of Patrick Sullivan. Patrick is wearing a gray hoodie with the logo of
Patrick Sullivan of Obtainable Sobriety, also a MassLandlords Director, will moderate networking time.
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Networking time will be moderated by Patrick Sullivan. Patrick has been an avid landlord since 2007 primarily focusing on multi families in the greater Worcester area. Having worked in high level IT his whole life he looks at things from a different perspective which he applies to real estate. He became a Real Estate agent in 2015 and now primarily focuses on Sober living facilities for people recently out of drug and alcohol treatment centers. Patrick sits on the statewide MassLandlords Board of Directors.

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Thursday, September 8th

Virtual Meeting Agenda (New Times!)

  • 5:00 pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40 pm Presentation and discussion
  • 6:40 pm Virtual meeting ends

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