MBTA Communities: Requirement for Multi-Family Zoning

The Wenham Planning Board
is hosting its second
MBTA Communities Public

The forum will take place on:
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 6:00PM
Buker Elementary School, 1 School Street, Wenham

The public forum will also be broadcast on HWCAM

MBTA Communities Map of Overlay Districts 1 and 2


Contact Margaret Hoffman with questions and comments before the meeting at mhoffman@wenhamma.gov or (978)468-5520 x8


The Planning Board hosted an informational Meeting on
Tuesday November 14, 2023 to present information about the
MBTA Communities Regulations to the Public.
Below are the presentation and a link to the HWCAM recording. 

MBTA Communities Presentation

Link to HWCAM Recorded meeting

Have questions, feedback, or want to learn more?
Please contact Margaret Hoffman, Planning Coordinator, at 978-468-5520 x8 or mhoffman@wenhamma.gov 

MBTA Communities Background

In 2020 Massachusetts amended its General Laws to add a new Section 3A to Chapter 40A, "MBTA Communities Zoning Law". This section requires that MBTA Communities have a zoning district where multi-family housing is allowed as-of-right. ("As-of-right" means development that may proceed under a zoning bylaw without the need for a special permit, variance, zoning amendment, waiver, or other discretionary zoning approval.)

Wenham is an MBTA Commuter Rail Community and is subject to this requirement. The deadline to adopt such a zoning district is December 31, 2024.

Helpful Links

The MBTA Communities Zoning Law

Mass.gov webpage on Multi-Family Zoning Requirement

Mass General Laws: Chapter 40A, Section 3A Updates

Mass General Laws: Chapter 40A, Section 3A Final Text

Chapter 358 of the Acts of 2020: Full Text



Town Hall Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday Closed

Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984


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