ULI Boston: Building the Commonwealth one Zoning Decision at a Time


Thursday, September 26th, 2019
7:45am - 9:30am EDT


Bank of America Conference Center Will open in a new window 225 Franklin ST FL 5th Boston, MA 02110-2804 UNITED STATES
Join the ULI Boston Housing and Economic Development Council for their special panel event: Building the Commonwealth one Zoning Decision at a Time.


Standard Pricing Until September 24 Members Non-Members
Private $65.00 $90.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $45.00 $60.00
Retired $35.00 N/A
Student $25.00 $35.00
Under Age 35 $35.00 $50.00
Late Pricing Begins September 25
Private $80.00 $105.00
Public/Academic/Nonprofit $60.00 $75.00
Retired $50.00 N/A
Student $40.00 $50.00
Under Age 35 $50.00 $65.00
There will be a $15 on-site fee for those registering the day of the event.
Online registration is available through September 24, 2019.  Please pre-register. 
There is an acute housing shortage in greater Boston and an ever-growing segment of the population is being priced out of the market. Through the use of their respective zoning bylaws, cities and towns have the ability to help generate more housing to address this shortage. However, many towns use their zoning code to inhibit rather than encourage housing production.  

This panel of housing experts and elected leaders will review some of the common tenets found in zoning codes throughout the region and tackle the questions:
What works in our existing zoning codes and what should we do more of?
What should communities be doing differently?
What is the cost of not addressing this problem?

Panelists Include:

Bank of America Conference Center 225 Franklin ST FL 5th Boston, MA 02110-2804 UNITED STATES

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Jan Devereux

City Councillor, City of Cambridge

Two-term City Councillor Jan Devereux has served as Cambridge Vice Mayor since 2017. A strong advocate for safe, sustainable mobility and environmental policies that strengthen climate change resiliency, she supports a holistic approach toward growth and land use planning. She is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from Columbia University.


Amy Dain

Consultant, Dain Research

For the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, Amy recently completed a landmark study of zoning for multifamily housing in 100 cities and towns of Greater Boston. Previously, at the Collins Center for Public Management, she organized StatNet, a network of city and town managers who learn from each other about data-driven decision-making. Her recent study updates research on land use regulation that she conducted for the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Susan Connelly

Director of Community Assistance, Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Susan joined MHP in 2004 after 17 years in real estate development and management. As the Director of Community Housing and Strategic Partnerships, she is responsible for overseeing MHP's support of municipalities, non-profits, public housing authorities and community groups in their efforts to promote community-based affordable housing. Her responsibilities include managing MHP's technical assistance to communities as well as trainings and workshops that address current issues in the affordable housing field. Susan also works collaboratively with other stakeholders on state level housing policies. She is a Cambridge Housing Authority commissioner. She has also served in various leadership roles at the Mel King Institute for Community Building (MKI) as a member of its steering, curriculum and real estate committees. In 2019, MKI recognized Connelly with a Champion Award for her support of training programs for people in the community development field.


Matthew Kiefer

Director, Goulston & Storrs

Matt is a real estate development and land use lawyer who helps for-profit and not-for-profit clients obtain site control and development approvals from public agencies for complex urban projects. His project experience extends to market-oriented and affordable housing, commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as facilities and master plans for health care, educational, cultural and other nonprofit institutions. Matt also assists clients in the creation of public-private partnerships for open space, and is active in land use planning and policy and historic preservation. He is a member of the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee. He has taught in the urban planning and real estate programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and MIT, and has written and spoken extensively on real estate and land use law and policy.