April 18, 2019 PSNA Meeting

Porter Square Neighbors Association
April 18, 7-9 PM
Lesley University Hall
1815 Mass Ave
Auditorium 2nd Floor

Putting the Affordable Housing Overlay District and Real Estate Transfer Tax Proposals in Context

With the proposed affordable housing overlay and a possible home rule petition for a real estate transfer fee for affordable housing getting so much attention, PSNA (in coordination with ANC (Agassiz Neighborhood Council) and ACN (Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods) has put together a program that will provide background on these issues (Q & A and discussion included!). The purpose of this program is to provide information that members may find useful in reaching their own conclusions. Our panelists are not joining us to "present" the proposals; instead, they will try to put what exists now and is being proposed into a factual context.

James Stockard is an expert in affordable housing and community development, teaching at Harvard, MIT and Tufts, consulting with nonprofits and public agencies around the country, and co-authoring a book on affordable housing. Jim has served as a commissioner of the Cambridge Housing Authority for 30 years (including 6 terms as chair), and is a founding trustee of the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Jim can provide a deep dive on how affordable housing projects are funded and developed.

John Tittmann is partner at Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects in Boston, and past president/former board member of the Congress for New Urbanism/New England Chapter. "New Urbanism" focuses on human-scale design. John can explain how "form based" codes (part of the affordable housing overlay proposal) work and how they are different from conventional zoning.

Larry Field is Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. The Alliance consists of nine policy organizations working to promote healthy and diverse communities, to protect critical environmental resources and to advocate for housing and transportation choices. Larry will moderate the program and update us on the various real estate transfer fee proposals being considered on Beacon Hill.

Come and bring your questions about these important issues.