During the 2013-2014 session, Jamie filed the following piece of legislation to improve public health:
An Act promoting healthy communities
This bill is a re-file of the Comprehensive Land Use Reform and Partnership Act (CLURPA). It proposes the first comprehensive updating of the Commonwealth’s zoning and subdivision control laws in over 35 years. This bill will promote healthy features for communities, such as mixed commercial-residential districts that can encourage walking and biking and the preservation of open space that promotes active recreation, conservation, and agriculture. This bill offers clarity and updating of the entire Chapter 40A (The Zoning Act), and Section 81D of Chapter 41 (the master plan), as well as portions of Chapter 41 (The Subdivision Control Law). The Healthy Communities Act also creates a new statute in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40U, that offers additional powers, practices, and preferences to communities that “opt-in” to certain additional performance standards consistent with the state’s sustainable development principles. This bill promotes local master planning as a basis for consistent zoning, subdivision control, and permitting; and provides zoning reform benefits to all communities in the areas of grandfathering, Approval Not Required (ANR) plans, and impact fees. In addition, the Healthy Communities Act encourage cities and towns to require multi-modal transportation analyses, in assessing the pedestrian, bicycle, and transit as well as motor vehicle traffic impacts and mitigation required of a proposal or development, and would promote cities and towns to utilize advisory Health Impact Assessments or proposed projects so that permit granting authorities may be fully informed of the environmental, safety, and transportation related to health effects of a proposal and can pursue appropriate mitigation as needed.