HPN’s Policy Notes Library memorializes notable policy achievements at the state and local levels. Each brief highlights the work and voices of our member organization(s) involved in the effort and the lessons they learned. This library is a resource for HPN members, partners, and policymakers to learn from each other as they look to create thriving communities across the nation.

Maine Zoning Reform

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Maine Housing Commission Recommendations Lead to Statewide Zoning Changes

In response to growing data showing a lack of production, the Maine legislature established the Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (the Commission) on June 15, 2021.

Learn more about HPN member Avesta Housing's instrumental role in early coalition-building that led to critical zoning reform in Maine. Download HERE.

The Missing Middle in Arlington County

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Arlington County Adopts Missing Middle Housing Proposal

HPN member Arlington Preservation of Affordable Housing (APAH) is part of a coalition for Missing Middle Housing in Arlington, VA, called Missing Middle Arlington, which seeks to advance greater housing choice and natural affordability through a diversity of housing stock.

Learn more about APAH's efforts to grow missing middle housing in Arlington County. Download HERE.

Transit-Oriented Development in Massachusetts

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Zoning for Transit-Oriented Development in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts utilizes a collection of laws, all variations of “Chapter 40”, to dictate development in relation to zoning and land use. In 2021, Massachusetts added a new Section 3A to the Zoning Act (Chapter 40A), generally referred to as the MBTA Communities Law, which requires multifamily zoning as-of-right in areas served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Learn how HPN partner, Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), has been working since 2013 to mandate multifamily zoning in all cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Download HERE.

Minnesota SHARE Coalition

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Minnesota SHARE Coalition: Journey to $50 Million

Between 2020-2023, Minnesota experienced the turmoil that has plagued the affordable housing sector across the nation: the emergence of COVID-19, a racial reckoning after the murder of George Floyd, and one of the longest pandemic-era eviction moratoria in the country. These challenges exacerbated the state’s need for additional funding to support affordable housing.

Learn how HPN members Aeon, Commonbond Communities, and Project for Pride in Living (PPL) came together to advocate for state support for the viability of many Minnesota-based organizations working to help permanently stabilize and strengthen affordable housing in their communities. Download HERE.