A Housing Production Plan for Our Communities – Draft Plans Available
Share your thoughts and ideas on housing development strategies! The following draft Housing Production Plans are available for your comments:
Watertown: Watertown HPP 7 May 2013
Belmont: Plan coming soon!
Lexington: Lexington HPP DRAFT April 2013
The towns of Belmont, Lexington and Watertown have collectively won a grant to undertake the creation of “Housing Production Plans.” The work is being done with assistance from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council supported by funding from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Program and the Mass. Dept. of Housing and Community Development Priority Development Fund.
A “Housing Production Plan” is a document that is approved by the Mass. Dept. of Housing and Community Development and includes the following things:
- An assessment of our community’s housing needs based on an understanding of population trends and regional growth factors
- A numerical goal of units to produce annually
- An appropriate mix of housing types
- Steps for meeting our goals
There are several reasons to create and adopt a Housing Production Plan for our community:
- It will guide development in ways that best meet our community’s needs
- It will result in housing units that help our current and future residents
- It could prevent large unwanted 40B developments
Share Your Thoughts!
Email or phone your thoughts to:
- Jay Szklut at Belmont Planning Dept: jszklut at belmont-ma.gov
- Aaron Henry at Lexington Planning Dept: ahenry at lexingtonma.gov
- Danielle Evans at Watertown Planning Dept.: devans at watertown-ma.gov
- Jennifer Van Campen at Metro West CD: jvc at metrowestcd.org
- Jennifer Raitt at Metropolitan Area Planning Council: JRaitt@mapc.org
Learn about regional housing trends:
The following report was created by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to help us understand the changes happening within our community and within our region. See if your town is growing or shrinking…you might be surprised! Metro West Regional Housing Analysis March 2012