, Salem, MA


June 9, 2014

Column: A plea for smart zoning


The zoning reform bill is driven by the expertise of many groups that care about sensible growth and the quality of life in our communities, such as the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, the Massachusetts Public Health Association, and organizations that represent municipal attorneys and planners.

We can’t squander this historic opportunity to pass zoning reform before the legislative session ends July 31.

This bill costs the state nothing and would save cities and towns money. Its passage will be an important step forward toward a fair system of development rules that will encourage our communities to plan ahead for the growth we need, instead of just reacting to unanticipated development proposals.


Kim Driscoll is the mayor of Salem. André Leroux is executive director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

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