The Town has until the end of 2024 to approve the maps and zoning. If the Town fails to adopt it, we will not be eligible for certain types of funding such as MassWorks and Housing Choice grants. Additionally, some funding to the Randolph Housing Authority will be impacted and the Town may face civil enforcement action.
In March 2023, the State Attorney General, Andrea Joy Campbell, issued an advisory that Section 3A “was enacted to address the Commonwealth’s acute need for housing by facilitating the development of transit-oriented, multifamily housing. By any measure, Massachusetts is in a housing crisis that is inflicting unacceptable economic, social, and environmental harms across our state – particularly on working families and people of color. The Law directly responds to this crisis by implementing zoning reforms that require MBTA Communities to permit reasonable levels of multifamily housing development near transit stations.” The advisory goes on to state that all MBTA Communities must comply with Section 3A as there is no ability to opt out. Communities that fail to comply may be subject to civil enforcement action and also risk liability under federal and state fair housing laws.