Earlier this month, the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development approved the Town of Boxborough’s Housing Production Plan (HPP). The plan establishes goals and strategies for the Town as it works to meet the 10% affordable housing benchmark established by State law. With an approved plan in place, the Town can gain additional control over comprehensive permit projects if they are able to meet the annual planned production goals detailed in the HPP.
Metro West CD worked closely with the Town’s planner and the Boxborough Housing Board in drafting the plan. We developed a comprehensive housing needs assessment through an analysis of local and regional demographic, socioeconomic, and housing market indicators. Like many communities in the Commonwealth, Boxborough is in the process of a significant demographic shift as the population ages and younger households, faced with high housing costs, are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable homes in the metro Boston area. These trends helped inform the development of goals and strategies for the Town. Chief among these are expanding housing choices for younger families and for aging seniors who are low-income and on a fixed-income, but desire to remain in Boxborough.
With an active municipal housing board, a housing trust fund, and the recently adopted Community Preservation Act, the residents of Boxborough have many of the tools necessary to meet their affordable housing goals!