Housing Production Plan

The Town of Brookline has begun a process to produce a Housing Production Plan, which is meant to guide the Town’s decisions about how it can be proactive in creating affordable and mixed-income housing.  In Brookline’s case, the “how” of being proactive will be balanced with the equally important question of “where” it makes sense to grow, as Town-wide context will be given due consideration. 

The HPP process presents an opportunity for the Town of Brookline to thoroughly examine the interconnectedness of demographic changes and ever-changing housing market conditions.  A completed HPP will help Town leaders, policy makers and residents understand this relationship and how best to strike a path toward meeting the current and future housing needs of the community.  This plan will also guide decision makers as they allocate Town-controlled resources for the production of new affordable housing and the preservation of existing housing as well as identify possible zoning revisions to meet identified housing needs. 

Housing Production Plans are approved at the local level by the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board and then submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for approval.  HPPs are required to contain the following three elements:

  • An assessment of the Town’s housing needs
  • Goals to assist with meeting the needs
  • Strategies toward achieving the goals

The Town intends to undertake a thorough public process as these elements are explored.  

Questions or comments should be directed here regarding the Town’s Housing Production Plan process.  

We hope you join us in the months ahead as the Town and its consultant team reach out to the community.  A Housing Production Plan schedule can be found here: HPP Project Schedule

Updates (9/15/16):
Brookline's Housing Production Plan has been finalized.  Thank you to all who participated in the community process for your dedication and continued input.  The Housing Advisory Board will review the HPP at its September 19th meeting.  Following HAB, the HPP will be reviewed and voted upon by the Planning Board on September 21st and by the Board of Selectmen on September 27th.    

Updates (6/28/16):

The 4th Housing Production Plan Community Workshop was held on June 20th at Brookline Town Hall.  The workshop was focused on the development of local strategies that would aid in the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Brookline.  A summary of the discussion can be found here.  

The site selection map was revised since the June 10th meeting and was available for public comment.  The current map eliminated parcels with housing units in condominium ownership, significantly reducing the number of parcels that were included in the previous analysis.  

Updates (6/10/16):

The 3rd Housing Production Plan Community Workshop was held on June 1st at Brookline Town Hall.  The workshop was centered on Site Selection, as a follow up to the previous April workshop where Site Selection Criteria was discussed.  The application of  Site Selection Criteria to parcels Town-wide led to a discussion of sites where multi-unit or mixed-use development could occur in the future.  See the summary of the discussion here, and see the Selection Criteria and initial yield of parcels as depicted on GIS maps here.   

The next Workshop will prioritize strategies to help encourage the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Brookline. Please register for the 4th and final Community Workshop on June 20th here:


Updates (5/16/16):


The location of the 3rd Housing Production Plan Community Workshop
being held on June 1st has been changed from the Pierce School to Brookline Town Hall, Rooms 103 & 111, 333 Washington St. Please register for this event online at: https://brookline_workshop3.eventbrite.com.

Updates (5/12/16):

The 3rd Housing Production Plan Community Workshop will be held on June 1st at Brookline Town Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.  Help select sites to encourage affordable housing development in Brookline.  Join the conversation by signing up here:


Updates (5/4/16):

The second Housing Production Plan Community Workshop was held on April 25, 2016 at the Pierce School.  The primary  topic of the second workshop was to begin a discussion of defining criteria for site selection for future housing development.  See presentation materials here, as well as a summary of the meeting.  

The third community workshop will be held at the Pierce School on June 1, 2016.  Check back for more details. 

Updates (4/13/16):

The second Housing Production Plan Community Workshop will be held on April 25, 2016 at the Pierce School.  Be sure to register for the event here

The topic of the second  workshop will be to review the discussion Brookline's housing goals from the first workshop and to begin a discussion of defining criteria for site selection of future housing development.  A summary of the first community workshop that focused on needs and goals can be seen here.

Check back for more updates. 

Updates (3/30/16):

The first of four Housing Production Plan Community Workshops was held on March 28, 2016 at the Pierce School. You can see the dates for the three remaining workshops here.

The focus of the meeting was Brookline's housing needs and draft housing goals. Findings of the needs analysis revealed some interesting information related to the town's population, housing supply and housing market characteristics, highlighting the growing gap between housing costs and incomes needed to live in Brookline. The draft goals discussed at the forum were formed with input from a number of stakeholder focus groups held in advance of the meeting and through an on-line housing survey that over 600 respondents completed after it was made available for two weeks in early March.

The second community workshop will be held on Monday, April 25th (6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Pierce School Cafeteria) and will begin a discussion centered around implementation strategies and site suitability criteria. We hope you can join us to help guide Brookline's future housing policies meant to encourage affordable and mixed-income housing development in response to gaps identified in the needs analysis.

The full text of the needs analysis will be available in the coming weeks.

Updates (2/26/16): 

Attend the Community Workshop #1!  The public is invited to participate in the first of four interactive community workshops to help guide Brookline's housing policies and initiatives as part of the Housing Production Plan. The community workshops will be professionally facilitated by planning consultants from RKG Associates, Inc., JM Goldson community + planning, and Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

When: Monday, March 28, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm.
Where: Pierce School Cafeteria, 50 School Street, Brookline MA