Senior Housing Caps on Percentage of Homes in Towns?

Are limits on senior housing in communities a violation of Fair Housing? The town of Newton, Massachusetts has an ordinance that restricts senior housing to 10% of the total number of houses in the town. Based upon the work of a former planning board member, the decade old restriction could be raised to 20%. With approximately 20 senior units in the town and another 140 units scheduled to be built, the cap is almost at its limit with almost 1,400 homes in the area.


The current elected officials have no commented on the proposal but did not recommend it to voters. Could this be the result of the city council not wanting to give up more tax revenue for schools and the municipality?


For more information on the proposal to lift the limits on Senior Housing in Newton, MA, click here.