Here’s a microcosm of how hard it is to get new housing approved in many parts of Massachusetts. As the Standard-Times reports, in Mattapoisett one road to just two new houses must present to & get approval from:
- Planning Board
- Conservation Commission
- Police Dept
- Fire Dept
And that’s just the road! The houses are going to have to make it through their own regulatory steeplechase.
Of course, if you tried to build denser housing to accommodate more families at a lower price – townhouses, apartments, etc. – you’d be immediately laughed out of the room altogether.
We don’t explicitly ban new housing for young families, but we try pretty hard, don’t we?