Stop Chapter 40B in Lakeville, MA

Stop Chapter 40B in Lakeville, MA

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Michele MacEachern started this petition to Commonwealth of Massachusetts and

Massachusetts Chapter 40B – Comprehensive Permit Act – is recklessly endangering public health and wildlife safety within Lakeville, MA. It is destroying the Rural charm and character of this small town.

Enacted as a means of providing affordable housing, Chapter 40B (known as The Comprehensive Permit Act) has become a tool used by developers to steamroll town Bi-Laws.

In reality, only 20-25% of the new housing developments under Chapter 40B are held to the “affordability”.

According to 2017 Lakeville Housing Plan, the affordable housing price was $261,300.

Over the past 10 years, 140 Single family homes were priced and sold below the affordable housing price of $261,300 – but these do not count towards Massachusetts standards for Chapter 40B.

Existing town residents are served by well water and septic systems which creates a toxic environment in locations where over-developing is permitted by Chapter 40B.

Lakeville is home to protected species of turtles, salamanders, and birds whose habits are destroyed with expanding development into wetlands which should be protected.

Winding country roads without sidewalks present safety hazards with increased traffic volume.

Chapter 40B developers have been found to be in violation, being sued by the attorney general, including: Massachusetts Housing Opportunities Corp. (MHOC) of North Andover, MA and Crossroads Development LLC of Acton, MA.

Chapter 40B developers line their pockets at the detriment of small towns not equipped to handle such fast-paced housing growth.

Massachusetts towns involved in rejecting Chapter 40B developments include: Brookline, Falmouth, Marblehead, Marion, Needham, Newbury, Newton, North Andover, Norwell, Peabody, Sudbury, Waltham.

Cities which have reached the 10% threshold (as of 2016): Boston, Cambridge, Fall River, Framingham, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester. These cities do not represent the rural charm that Lakeville cherishes.

Statewide repeal of Chapter 40B was attempted in 2007 & 2009 along with a Statewide Amendment proposed to scale back Chapter 40B attempted in 2011.

Sign this petition to exclude Lakeville from this harmful, over-reaching state law. 


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