Land Use Development and Education

Beginning January of 2024 the Town of Dover will maintain an updated Land Use Development and Education page where residents can find all pertinent information on new and impactful development in Dover. Single-family housing will not be reviewed, but subdivisions, 40B developments, Approval Not Required Plans, Town Land Acquisitions, Housing Production Plan updates, MBTA requirements, Zoning changes and updates can all be found on this page. The Town has provided additional educational materials and references to laws and regulations governing development in Dover for residents who wish to become more informed on Land Use and Development processes. 

40b Affordable Housing 

What is 40B housing?

Chapter 40B is a state statute, which enables local Zoning Boards of Appeals to approve affordable housing developments under flexible rules if at least 20-25% of the units have long-term affordability restrictions.

What is the process the Town follows in reviewing a 40B?

  1. Project Eligibility (Site Approval) 
  2. Comprehensive Permit Process (ZBA)
  3. Final Approval (Subsidizing Agency) 
  4. Construction and Occupancy (Subsidizing Agency) 
  5. Post-Occupancy Oversight (Subsidizing Agency)

What is the State’s role in 40B applications?

MassHousing is one of the state's four subsidizing agencies responsible for administering development under Chapter 40B. MassHousing acts as subsidizing agency for 40B projects financed by the Agency, as well as projects financed by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston under the New England Fund (NEF) through its private member banks.

Through its Planning and Programs Department, MassHousing issues site and final approval to 40B proposals; enters into regulatory agreements with 40B developers, providing for housing affordability and fair housing marketing, and limiting the profits of 40B developments; and monitors compliance with housing affordability and profit restrictions.

Pending 40B Applications

To be posted


Approved 40B applications

To be posted


MBTA Communities - What is MBTA?

This new law requires that an MBTA community shall have at least one zoning district of reasonable size in which multi-family housing is permitted as of right and meets other criteria set forth in the statute:

  • Minimum gross density of 15 units per acre
  • Located not more than 0.5 miles from a commuter rail station, subway station, ferry terminal or bus station, if applicable
  • No age restrictions and suitable for families with children

What does this mean for Dover? 

Please find slides produced by Jeff Davis of Horsley Witten Group describing Dover's MBTA requirements and reviewing the compliance model with select sites within Dover.

Senior Housing 

Dover does not currently have any dedicated senior housing. However, we have recently implemented an Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw, which enables families to construct attached or detached accessory dwelling units not to exceed 50% of the primary structures floor area, or 900 square feet, whichever is less.


Subdivisions

What is Subdivision Control Law?


Dover Subdivision Rules and Regulations


Approval Not Required 

What is an ANR?


Dover Subdivision Rules and Regulations


Housing Production Plan 

The Dover Planning Board has completed the process of creating a Housing Production Plan (HPP), pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 40B. The HPP process enables the Town to study local housing needs, market conditions, environmental constraints, and issues of affordability.

Dover’s Housing Production Plan


FAQ


Contacts:

Phil DeMartino - MassHousing - phillip.demartino@mass.gov 

Alan Fryer - Board of Appeals Chair - afryer@doverma.gove 

Jasmin Farinacci - Town Planner - jfarinacci@doverma.gov 

Robyn Hunter - Selectboard Chair - Dover Housing Task Force - selectmen@doverma.gov 

Carol Lisbon - Planning Board Chair - clisbon@doverma.gov