A New Look at Anti-Snob Zoning Act


Chapter 40B has changed more in 2008 than at any time in its nearly 40-year history, and the Law School's Advanced Legal Studies program will present a course addressing how to apply the new regulations and recent court rulings in practice.

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development this year promulgated a comprehensive rewrite of the regulations and guidelines governing development under Chapter 40B, also known as the Anti-Snob Zoning Act or the Comprehensive Permit Law. The Supreme Judicial Court also issued an unprecedented seven decisions in 40B cases, addressing both procedural and substantive questions.

Massachusetts Chapter 40B, approved in 1969, is a powerful tool that allows the state to override local land use regulations in certain circumstances in order to address the statewide need for affordable housing.

The course, A New Look at an Old 40B: New Regulations, New Rulings, will feature a panel of experts. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 5, 2008, at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

Co-sponsors of the course are the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, and Suffolk University’s Moakley Institute.

The Center for Advanced Legal Studies has been chosen for the top public interest award from the international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) in recognition of the Center’s 2007 “Centennial Conference on International Human Rights.”

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