Path to a Better Housing Market for All
A Statehouse hearing Tuesday brought out broad support for a bill Gov. Charlie Baker says would help ease the commonwealth’s housing crisis.
An array of housing advocates, developers, business leaders, and local officials spent hours urging a legislative committee to approve the bill, which would allow cities and towns to change their zoning with a simple majority, instead of the two-thirds vote currently needed.
Baker came before lawmakers to argue the measure is essential to putting a dent in Greater Boston home prices, which are among the highest in the country.
“We are in a deep hole,” said Clark Ziegler, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. “We simply are not producing enough housing, and our home prices and rent are out of sight.”