Show: Not In My Back Yard - Deconstructing Massachusetts Law Chapter 40B

Episode: Not In My Back Yard - Deconstructing Massachusetts Law Chapter 40B

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Episode Description:

A documentary film about the controversial Massachusetts comprehensive permit law known as Chapter 40b (aka anti-snob zoning law).

This law allows a builder/developer to by-pass almost all of a town's local zoning, if the builder agrees to make a small percentage (20-25%) of the units built, affordable according to state guidelines. The law has stirred great controversy regarding density, state vs. municipalities rights, profit abuse and defining just who should control the fabric of a community, the state or its citizens. The law has a deep ideological component and has set neighbor against neighbor. The law has been pilloried by the Massachusetts Inspector General, who states the cities and towns are owed approximately 100 million dollars- over 40 years- by unscrupulous developers who hid profits made over the 20% profit limit required by the statute. The supporters of Chapter 40B state it is the only mechanism with which to provide affordable housing in one of the most exclusionary [zoned] states in the country.

The short film follows two 40B projects in Easton Massachusetts.

24 Minutes

Director/Writer/Producer: Joseph A. Conforti
Editor/Writer: Douglas A. Ross

Episode Short Description: N/A

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File Name of SD Episode: 0000 Not In My Back Yard - Deconstructing Massachusetts Law Chapter 40B.mpg

Total SD Episode Video Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:23:53

File Size of SD Episode Video: 1,140,670,181 Bytes

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Date SD Episode Video Uploaded: Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 08:18

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