Massachusetts  Sustainable Development Incentives Looking to the Future:  Sustainable Real Estate & Green Buildings 2009 R...
Sustainable ?
Agenda <ul><li>Overview of Massachusetts legal incentives promoting sustainable development  </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Ma...
Historical Context <ul><li>Post-war expansion – Sprawl </li></ul><ul><li>Mandates/Restraints – Zoning </li></ul><ul><li>In...
LEED Sustainable Sites <ul><li>Reduce environmental impact and avoid development in inappropriate sites. </li></ul><ul><li...
Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles <ul><li>Concentrate Development and Mix Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Advance Eq...
Recent Mass. Efforts <ul><li>Brownfields/Agricultural Preservation Restrictions/CR </li></ul><ul><li>Issuance of Executive...
Massachusetts laws <ul><li>Massachusetts law and policies create need for renewable energy, e.g. . . .  </li></ul><ul><ul>...
Green Communities Act <ul><li>On July 2, 2008, Governor Patrick signed “pioneering energy reform” into law. </li></ul><ul>...
G.L. c. 25A, § 10(c) <ul><li>file application with division; </li></ul><ul><li>provide for as-of-right siting of renewable...
Green Communities Act <ul><li>Model As-of-Right Zoning Bylaw Allowing Use of Wind Energy Facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Wind Energy Resource Map
GCA:  Coming Attractions <ul><li>Commission studying the siting of energy facilities, Green Communities Act, § 89  </li></...
Other  Coming Attractions <ul><li>Issuance of draft comprehensive ocean management plan, which would allow siting of “appr...
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 <ul><li>Massachusetts share estimated to be $8.7 billion  $482 million allo...
Any questions
Other resources <ul><li>Green Communities Program  http:// www.mass.gov /doer   </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Technology...
Conclusion <ul><li>If you have any further questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Callanan Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley...
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Joe Callanan conducted a presentation on Looking to the Future: Sustainable Real Estate &amp; Green Buildings at the 2009 Real Estate Bar Association spring conference, held on May 4, 2009 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Sustainable Development Incentives

  1. 1. Massachusetts Sustainable Development Incentives Looking to the Future: Sustainable Real Estate & Green Buildings 2009 REBA Spring Conference May 4, 2009 DCU Center, Worcester
  2. 2. Sustainable ?
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Overview of Massachusetts legal incentives promoting sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Specific Massachusetts incentives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Green Communities Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible coming attractions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  4. 4. Historical Context <ul><li>Post-war expansion – Sprawl </li></ul><ul><li>Mandates/Restraints – Zoning </li></ul><ul><li>Incentives – Brownfields, permit streamlining, smart growth, clean energy </li></ul>
  5. 5. LEED Sustainable Sites <ul><li>Reduce environmental impact and avoid development in inappropriate sites. </li></ul><ul><li>How? Avoid development:- </li></ul><ul><ul><li>below 5ft. above the 100 year flood elevation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>within 100ft. of wetlands or 50ft. of water body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on prime farmland or public parkland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in habitat for any endangered/critical species </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles <ul><li>Concentrate Development and Mix Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Advance Equity </li></ul><ul><li>Make Efficient Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Land and Ecosystems </li></ul><ul><li>Use Natural Resources Wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Expand Housing Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Transportation Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Job and Business Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Clean Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Regionally </li></ul>
  7. 7. Recent Mass. Efforts <ul><li>Brownfields/Agricultural Preservation Restrictions/CR </li></ul><ul><li>Issuance of Executive Order 385, &quot;Planning for Growth,&quot; (1996); </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amendments to MEPA regulations (1998); enactment of Community Preservation Act (2000) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issuance of Executive Order 438, “Massachusetts State Sustainability Program,” (2002); </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Growth, (2003 – 2007); and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issuance of Executive Order 484, “Leading by Example— Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings,” (2007); </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Energy/Clean Energy, (2007 – Present). </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Massachusetts laws <ul><li>Massachusetts law and policies create need for renewable energy, e.g. . . . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS), established by Electric Utility Restructuring Act of 1997, G.L., c. 25A, §11F; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate Protection Plan, Romney-era initiative restating RPS goals and other greenhouse gas reduction efforts; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Communities Act, St. 2008, c. 169. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Green Communities Act <ul><li>On July 2, 2008, Governor Patrick signed “pioneering energy reform” into law. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Communities Program offers incentives to municipalities to be designated as “green communities.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A key goal of program is the development of renewable and alternative energy capacity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How? . . . </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. G.L. c. 25A, § 10(c) <ul><li>file application with division; </li></ul><ul><li>provide for as-of-right siting of renewable or alternative energy generating, R&D, or manufacturing facilities in designated locations; </li></ul><ul><li>adopt expedited permitting process for energy facilities, which shall not exceed 1 year from application to approval; </li></ul><ul><li>establish energy use baseline inventory for municipal property and reduce baseline by 20 per cent within 5 years; </li></ul><ul><li>purchase only fuel-efficient vehicles; and </li></ul><ul><li>require all new residences over 3,000 SF and all new commercial/industrial construction to minimize energy use. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Green Communities Act <ul><li>Model As-of-Right Zoning Bylaw Allowing Use of Wind Energy Facilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>applies to all utility-scale wind facilities; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>may proceed without special permit, variance, waiver or other discretionary approval; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>location must provide a “realistic and practical opportunity” for wind power generation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>must allow facilities that use at least one turbine with a capacity of 600 kW or more </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Wind Energy Resource Map
  13. 13. GCA: Coming Attractions <ul><li>Commission studying the siting of energy facilities, Green Communities Act, § 89 </li></ul><ul><li>Report is due January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Two items of note: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Whether to allow DEP to promulgate criteria on suitability of a proposed site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of coordinated procedures to allow reuse of existing industrial sites for the development of generating facilities </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Other Coming Attractions <ul><li>Issuance of draft comprehensive ocean management plan, which would allow siting of “appropriate scale” offshore renewable energy facilities in state waters; </li></ul><ul><li>Passage of “Land Use Partnership Act,” establishing “prompt and predictable permitting” on regional basis of renewable or alternative energy generating, R&D, or manufacturing facilities. </li></ul>
  15. 15. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 <ul><li>Massachusetts share estimated to be $8.7 billion $482 million allocated to renewable energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative Fuels and Alternative Fuel Vehicles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable Energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Among many others . . . </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Any questions
  17. 17. Other resources <ul><li>Green Communities Program http:// www.mass.gov /doer </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Renewable Energy Trust http://www.masstech.org/renewableenergy/ </li></ul><ul><li>Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment website http://www.mass.gov/recovery </li></ul>
  18. 18. Conclusion <ul><li>If you have any further questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Callanan Nelson, Kinder, Mosseau & Saturley, P.C. 45 Milk Street, Seventh Floor Boston, Massachusetts   02109 617-778-7585 (direct) 617-778-7500 (main) 617-778-7501 (fax) www.nkms.com [email_address] </li></ul>

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