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Affordable Housing Rules Issued

Monday, May 22, 2023

The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) has issued a Final Rule implementing legislation enacted last year aimed at removing regulatory barriers to affordable housing production in Maine. The “Affordable Housing Law” requires additional density allowances for affordable housing developments and requires that municipalities allow multiple dwelling units and accessory dwelling units in specified areas (see 30-A M.R.S. §§ 4364 –...


ARPA Reporting Resources

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

With the April 30, 2023 ARPA reporting deadline facing most municipalities, both the U.S. Treasury and the National Leagues of Cities (NLC) have developed resources to help guide municipalities through the process.  For answers to reporting questions, please contact the Treasury’s help desk at SLFRF@treasury.gov or call (844) 529-9527.  Additionally, federal self-help resources can be found here, and a video describing the reporting process found here.  The NLC has...


Affordable Housing Law; Updated Guidance for Municipalities

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Last spring, Governor Mills signed new affordable housing legislation into law, P.L. 2021, c. 672, entitled, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (also known as LD 2003). The effective date of Chapter 672 was August 8, 2022, although municipalities are not required to comply with many of the requirements in the law until July 1, 2023.


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