An Act Establishing a Special Commission on the Dover Amendment

Summary

This legislation establishes a special commission to study the use and effectiveness of the zoning approval process of educational uses under the so-called Dover Amendment, section 3 of chapter 40A of the General Laws. The commission shall study the impact of the education exemption provided by the Dover Amendment on municipalities and nonprofit education institutions, which shall include a review of the types of building projects sited under the protection of the dover amendment and the case law decided on the educational exemption. The commission shall file the results of its study together with recommendations for legislation, which shall include a proposed definition of “educational purposes”, with the clerks of the House and Senate, by December 31, 2016.