March 2023 MBTA Communities Update

General Updates

The Attorney General issued an advisory on March 15th, 2023 clarifying municipalities’ obligations and enforcement under the MBTA Communities Zoning Law (Section 3A of M.G.L. c.40A).

Technical Assistance Opportunities

SRPEDD is committed to pursuing funding and technical assistance for its member communities which are subject to Section 3A. SRPEDD has secured funding for a number of communities through a variety of sources, including MHP’s 3A-TA Program, Community One Stop, and DLTA. We have collaborated with a number of member communities to secure funding awards and/or technical assistance, including:

  • Lakeville
  • Mansfield
  • Norton
  • North Attleborough
  • Taunton
  • Wareham

Community One Stop for Growth FY24 applications will open in May 2023 and close on June 2nd, 2023. One Stop includes three DHCD grant programs (Housing Choice Initiative, Community Planning Grant, and Rural and Small Town Development Fund) that will fund Section 3A compliance activities. If you have any questions about Community One Stop, please reach out to Lizeth Gonzalez.

Questions and Outreach

If you have any questions about the AG’s advisory, technical assistance opportunities, or Section 3A generally, please do not hesitate to reach out to SRPEDD staff members Robert Cabral or Taylor Perez.