Lawmaker wants to modernize land-use laws

BOSTON (WWLP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are looking to update the state's land-use laws; update could create new jobs and preserve the environment.

Worthington State Representative Stephen Kulik is leading an effort to modernize the state's land-use laws before the end of the legislative session.

He's filed legislation that provides cities and towns with more authority to implement new zoning methods and permitting processes according to their needs. It reduces urban sprawl by increasing oversight on new subdivisions. It encourages cities and towns to address sustainable development and public health.

Rep. Kulik told 22news, “We're trying to find a good balance between community needs and the needs of developers who are trying to promote affordable housing, create jobs through economic projects.”

State lawmakers say Massachusetts zoning laws haven't been updated in about 50 years.

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