To foster a deeper understanding of housing and its relationship to economic growth, Unlock the Commonwealth maintains a library of resources which includes its own reports, recent news releases and related studies and articles on housing and growth from around the U.S.

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  • Dec 162016

    Report of The Governor's Special Commission on Barriers to Housing Development

    BOSTON, Jan. 1, 2002 --- In October 2000, a report released by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance highlighted impediments to housing development and proposed a special commission be created to recommend statutory, regulatory and operational changes to reduce undeeded barrier to housing development. This report is a product of that Special Commission on Barriers to Housing Development.
  • Mar 142016

    Costs & Benefits of New Housing Development

    BOSTON, March 15, 2016 --- A new in-depth study of a sample of Massachusetts housing developments finds that the state tax payments made by their residents more than offset any negative local fiscal impacts associated with these developments. Commissioned by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership as part of its Unlock the Commonwealth initiative, the findings suggests that state tax revenues from new housing are large enough and could be used to create a fund that would compensate communities for the negative local fiscal impacts of new housing.
  • Sep 292015

    MHP testifies at housing production bill hearing

    BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2015 --- MHP's Clark Ziegler presented a summary on housing supply in Massachusetts to to the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Housing this morning, which convened to hear testimony on a proposed bill that will allow the Commonwealth to build the housing it needs to meet demand and grow its economy.
  • Sep 292015

    Presentation on population trends to Joint Committee on Housing

    BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2015 --- Presentation on population trends given by Tim Reardon to the state legislature's Joint Committee on Housing relating to H. 1111, An Act Relative to Housing Production. Reardon is the assistant data director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
  • Sep 292015

    Presentation to Joint Committee on Housing, Sept. 29, 2015

    Presentation made by MHP Executive Director Clark Ziegler to the Joint Committee on Housing on Sept. 29, 2015 relating to legislative proposal House 1111, An Act Relative to Housing Production.
  • Sep 292015

    Testimony on H.1111, An Act Relative to Housing Production

    BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2015 --- Testimony given by Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay to the state legislature's Joint Committee on Housing relating to H. 111, An Act Relative to Housing Production.
  • Jul 102015

    How septic regs impact housing development

    BOSTON, July 10, 2015 --- As part of our analysis of impediments to housing growth, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership asked Hancock Associates to analyze the state’s sewage treatment regulations. Hancock's analysis found that state regulations offer relatively simple system solutions for projects under 10,000 gallons per day, but projects of 10,000 gallons or more require very expensive systems. This often forces developments to be much larger than may be necessary so it can cover sewage construction and maintenance costs. Hancock also found that regulations are based on water usage levels prior to the advent of more efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances. This reports outlines and problems with existing regulations and makes recommendations for reasonable changes.

  • Dec 292014

    New policies to unlock Commonwealth

    BOSTON, Dec. 22, 2014 --- "Unlocking the Commonwealth" is a report by MHP that documents the state's low housing production, how it could jeopardize our economy and ability to attract workers and what recommendations the legislature should consider to meet these economic challenges.
  • Oct 012014

    At the Apex: The 2030 Educational Attainment Forecast and Implications for Bay State Policymakers

    In partnership with MassINC, the UMass Donahue Institute’s Economic and Public Policy Research group published an educational attainment forecast, looking at the problems the Massachusetts economy will confront as the large and highly skilled Baby Boom generation ages out of the state’s workforce. The forecast suggests that the remarkable increase in college-educated residents buttressing the state’s economic growth over the past two decades is poised to slow through 2020 and stall completely in the following decade.
  • Jun 172014

    Addressing Restrictive Zoning for Affordable Housing: Experiences in Four States

    MEDFORD, July 17, 2014 -- Researchers from Tufts University explore experiences in four states that have been recognized for exemplary interventions that address exclusionary zoning. A number of recommendations are offered for these and other states contemplating strategies to address exclusionary land-use practices.

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