What does this mean for Reading specifically?

In Reading, our relevant transit hub to the law is the MBTA commuter rail train station located in downtown (32 Lincoln Street). As we are classified as a Commuter Rail Community under the law, there are additional calculations used in determining the exact location of our required district of “reasonable size” and the corresponding exact number of units that must be zoned for by-right. The numbers listed below come directly from EOHLC and are nonnegotiable. 

We are required to zone for at least 1,493 units at a gross density of 15 units per acre across at least 43 acres, of which at least 598 units on at least 17.2 acres must be within a ½ mile of the train depot

(LINK) PDF Map of the 1/2 Mile Area directly surrounding the Reading Train Depot

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1. What is MBTA Communities?
2. What does this mean for Reading specifically?
3. How did EOHLC calculate our requirements?
4. Do we currently comply with the law?
5. Why should we comply?
6. What is the timeline for compliance?
7. Where are we in the process?
8. What do we know right now about our possible paths forward?
9. What happens after the new zoning is adopted by Town Meeting?
10. General Zoning Considerations & Definitions
11. Helpful Studies and Links
12. Local Data, Resources, and Documents