In July of 2010, the legislature authorized the Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP)
to spur the creation of market-rate housing in Gateway Cities. Regulations were issued in July 2012. Pittsfield quickly established a zone as required under by the legislation. One after another, other Gateway Cities followed (Chelsea, Holyoke, Springfield, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, and Lowell). Despite enthusiasm for the program, developers and municipal officials have raised concerns that the HDIP’s cumbersome structure limits its power as a redevelopment tool.