Zoning Amendment MBTA Communities

Multi-Family Zoning Requirements for MBTA Communities

In 2020, the state legislature enacted changes to make it easier to create more housing across the region. New provisions require MBTA-served communities to adopt zoning to permit multi-family housing in Sec. 3A of M.G.L. c. 40A. The State Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) issued final guidelines for communities to comply. 

The Town of Westborough is classified as a Commuter Rail Community, meaning there is at least one commuter rail station within the town boundaries. Westborough must then comply with the Unit Capacity, Land Area, Density, and Percentage of Units and Land within the Transit Area requirements.

Zoning for March 25, 2024 Annual Town Meeting:

Resources:

On December 5, 2023 at 7:00PM, the Planning Department held a public information session regarding the proposed zoning amendment.  The presentation can be viewed here: MBTA Info Session Filmed by Westborough TV

Westborough MBTA Communities Compliance Analysis

Westborough Economic Feasibility Analysis

EOHLC Multi-Family Zoning Requirements

Attorney General Compliance Enforcement

Map of Westborough’s current residential density 

Data about Westborough’s housing stock and needs, and the ability to compare Westborough to other communities


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