Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #55
ORDER FAILED OF ADOPTION
Mar 5, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to direct the City Solicitor to draft language for a home rule petition for a Cambridge Right of First Refusal Legislation.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, DCSponsors:Councillor Dennis J. Carlone, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

State Representative Denise Provost is the lead sponsor of House Bill 3017, An Act to Preserve Affordable Housing Through a Local Option Tenant's Right to Purchase; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Representative Provost’s bill was not successfully passed through committee, leaving cities to find solutions to the affordable housing crisis; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Cambridge Legislative Delegation, including State Senator Pat Jehlen, State Representative Mike Connolly, State Representative Marjorie Decker and State Representative Dave Rogers, are all signed on as sponsors to said bill; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge recently promoted the idea of tenant’s right of first refusal as part of their affordable housing strategy but no substantive measures have been taken thus far in city government; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge and the entire region is facing an affordable housing crisis; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Right of First Refusal bill represents an opportunity for home ownership and limited displacement at no cost to property owners; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cities such as Washington D.C. have enacted similar legislation that provides renters an opportunity to become homeowners; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cities in Massachusetts have the right to file home rule petitions for innovative measures not yet considered by the State; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the City Solicitor to draft language for a home rule petition for a Cambridge Right of First Refusal Legislation.

 

Meeting History

Feb 26, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR SIMMONS

RESULT:CHARTER RIGHTNext: 3/5/2018 5:30 PM
Mar 5, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER FAILED OF ADOPTION [3 TO 6]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Sumbul Siddiqui, Quinton Zondervan
NAYS:Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey