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An Ordinance Reauthorizing Condominium Conversion Protections in the City of Boston

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Docket 0184

WHEREAS: Since 1983, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has afforded municipalities the option to enact protections for tenants residing in properties subject to condominium conversion; andWHEREAS: Boston’s Condominium conversion ordinance, last updated in 2014, affords residents of covered properties a notice period, right of first refusal to purchase their unit, relocation assistance, just cause eviction, and relocation benefits if the unit is converted to a condominium; andWHEREAS: The tenant protections offered through Boston’s condominium conversions ordinance sunset on December 31st, 2019; andWHEREAS: Due to statutory limitations, tenant protections for condominium conversions are limited to properties of four or more units; andWHEREAS: Data from the City of Boston suggests the majority of condominium conversions are occurring predominantly, in two-and three-family homes; andWHEREAS: While condominium conversion levels peaked during the economic recession of FY2009, conversion levels increased substantially between Fiscal Years 2013 [ more ]

Home Rule Petition for a Special Law RE: An Act Authorizing the City of Boston to Establish an Investor and Commercial Properties Transfer Fee

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Docket 0187

WHEREAS: The City of Boston is facing a housing affordability and displacement crisis, impacting the health and quality of life of city residents, contributing to housing insecurity, rent burden, homelessness and evictions, increasing transportation emissions by displacing residents who work in the City of Boston and straining public resources; andWHEREAS: Multiple factors are contributing to the housing affordability crisis, including inadequate supply of homes, the construction of housing that is unaffordable to an overwhelming majority of Boston residents, expiring use affordability restrictions, the speculative and rapid resale of property resulting in inflation of real-estate prices, activities that remove supply from the housing market including short-term rentals and intentionally vacant investor properties, and a reduction in public investment in housing; andWHEREAS: The federal government has, for many years, steadily decreased support for housing, necessitating municipal, state and private section action; [ more ]

Ordinance Relative to the Establishment of an Independent Commission on Equal Opportunity and the Elimination of Systemic Bias in the Workplace

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Docket 0188

WHEREAS: The City of Boston is committed to being a City and a workplace free of discrimination;WHEREAS: The City of Boston has historic instances of bias and discrimination which have impacted its efforts to diversify our City workforce and must be overcome through intentional and strategic interventions;WHEREAS: Many of today’s struggles with bias and discrimination are systemic issues that were inherited from past administrations and resulted in departments and agencies that do not reflect the fullness of Boston;s diversity, and reflect a lack of accountability despite reports, lawsuits and settlement agreements;WHEREAS: When circumstances evidence the presence of systemic bias, it is a good and honorable endeavor to engage in an independent investigation of an agency to understand where biases lie, where systemically there are areas of improvement and ways to greatly reduce or eliminate discrimination;WHEREAS: The City currently does [ more ]

Home Rule Petition Regarding An Act Relative to Affordable Housing and Workforce Development in the City of Boston

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Docket 0134

WHEREAS, The City of Boston is presently undergoing a development boom, but not all residents share in the economic and social benefits of a growing community; and,WHEREAS, Due to a stark inadequacy of resources dedicated to affordable housing and the impact of new large-scale commercial real estate development on low-and moderate-income residents, new production accompanied by policy reform cannot develop sufficient housing at levels residents can afford; and,WHEREAS, In 1983, the City of Boston established a development impact fee to mitigate the construction of new large-scale commercial real estate and generate revenue to support the development of affordable housing; andWHEREAS, In 1986 and 1987, the City established the Neighborhood Housing Trust and Neighborhood Jobs Trust, and, with the support of the General Court, codified linkage programs into law; andWHEREAS, In 1996, the City incorporated linkage into Article 80 of [ more ]

Ordinance for the establishment of a commission for economic justice in the City of Boston construction industry

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Docket 1399

WHEREAS: In 1983, Mayor White and the Council enacted the boston Residents Jobs Policy Ordinance requiring that on any city financed construction project, a minimum of 50% of the work hours trade by trade, be performed by Boston Residents, 25% by people of color, and 10% by women; and,WHEREAS: In 1986, Mayor Flynn and the Council amended the ordinance, establishing the Boston Employment Commission to enforce the policy and broadened the scope of the ordinance to cover private projects of 100,000 square feet; and,WHEREAS: Despite the establishment of ordinances in the 1983 and 1986 establishing standards for the hours of work performed by Boston residents, people of color, and women, thirty year later compliance is significantly below standards in the vast majority of the trade areas for Boston workers and women; and,WHEREAS: In 2017, Mayor Walsh and the Boston [ more ]

Ordinance regarding repayment of back taxes

Monday, July 9, 2018

Docket 1094

WHEREAS: The City of Boston has a significant number of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners that have property tax arrears owed to the City; andWHEREAS: It is in the interest of the City to promote housing stability and to address outstanding tax issues in a manner favorable to both community residents and the municipality; andWHEREAS: The City of Boston has an interest in restoring tax delinquent commercial parcels to good standing to promote economic development and continue collection of adequate city revenues; and WHEREAS: The interest rate of tax arrears can be as high as sixteen percent; andWHEREAS: The City can adopt more flexible payment plans and the ability to forgive up to 50% of accrued interest pursuant to G.L. Ch. 60 §62A; andWHEREAS: Other municipalities have adopted these provisions and found them useful in working with residential and [ more ]