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What is Massachusetts Chapter 40B?

What is Massachusetts' Chapter 40B? Under Massachusetts' Comprehensive Permit Act, Chapter 40B was a section enacted in 1969 in order to address the shortage of affordable housing developments in the state.

While this may sound like a great provision, Chapter 40B has raised some questions and even complaints from residents in various communities around Massachusetts -- many of which are attempting to enforce changes, North Andover Patch reports.

What does the law mean, exactly? Also, what are these changes residents are pushing for? Here's a general overview: