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General Land Area Minimum

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Mayor's Office

The City has been working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to gain a better understanding of housing need and demand in Malden. As part of this process MAPC recently completed a General Land Area Minimum (GLAM) analysis, also known as a “1.5%” calculation. The so- called "GLAM Test" is one of the safe harbor tests provided for under M.G.L., Chapter 40B and the percentage is calculated by dividing the area of those sites that are eligible to be inventoried on the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) of the Department of Housing and Community Development.

For Malden, according to this calculation, SHI Eligible Housing occupies 63.5 acres of land, while Total Land Area amounts to 2,029 acres, yielding a final ratio of 3.13%, which greatly exceeds the 1.5% statutory minimum. A GLAM percentage above 1.5% indicates that the City can invoke Safe Harbor in response to a Comprehensive Permit Application pursuant to M.G.L. c. 40B.

MAPC and the Advisory Committee that has been established will continue to work on a Housing Needs Assessment which was already underway prior to the GLAM analysis. This will provide a better grasp of the unmet housing needs in the city and what long-term goals should be.

For more information on the GLAM calculation visit the City website at

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