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Expedited Permitting (43D)

MassDevelopment plays a significant role in the state’s expedited permitting initiative, the 43D Program. We work with the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office, regional planning associations (RPAs), the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, and the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development to ensure that communities get the technical assistance they need to utilize 43D, and those companies seeking sites in Massachusetts experience an efficient and equitable permitting process. Technical assistance provided by MassDevelopment includes:

  • Assisting municipalities in identifying appropriate Priority Development Sites (PDS)
  • Working with municipalities to identify ways to address and/or mitigate existing limitations or challenges associated with the PDS to facilitate development by targeted businesses
  • Helping publicly-owned PDS determine the best mix of uses for the site(s) and, as needed, assist in pre-permitting site(s) through MEPA and other state permitting agencies to attract targeted businesses
  • Assisting with expedited review of development projects by targeted businesses by providing professional resources to municipalities without sufficient staff and/or in-house expertise

Since 2007, MassDevelopment has met with more than 90 communities to discuss implementation of the program, and has provided assistance to municipalities as diverse as Athol, Belchertown, Deerfield, Groton, Lee, Littleton, Lowell, Medway, New Bedford, and Taunton.

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