Housing Production Plan
2021 Housing Production Plan
The Town of Brookline is undertaking an update of the 2016 Housing Production Plan. The update will review, refine and expand the housing production strategies initially informed and shaped through public engagement undertaken during the preparation of the 2016 HPP. While many of the strategies were widely accepted and supported by the public, the Select Board, Planning Board and the Housing Advisory Board, other strategies are currently being studied and analyzed by Planning Department staff with the goal of increasing the number of square feet of housing and mixed-use development permitted each year and, in turn, enabling more opportunities to apply the Town's Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw.
On April 14, 2021 the Brookline Purchasing Division released an RFP for consulting services to update the Town's Housing Production Plan. The RFP is available here.
The Town of Brookline undertook a thorough community process to produce a Housing Production Plan (HPP). The completed HPP will guide the Town’s decisions about how it can be proactive in creating affordable and mixed-income housing. The Town's HPP was approved (PDF) by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development on November 9th after being approved at the local level by the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board at the recommendation of the Housing Advisory Board.
View more information on HPPs, including Brookline's approved plan.
Brookline's Housing Production Plan (PDF) has been finalized. Thanks 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. The HPP will be reviewed and voted upon by the Planning Board on September 21st and by the Board of Selectmen on September 27th.
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 (PDF) that would aid in the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Brookline. View a summary of the discussion (PDF).
The site selection map was revised since the June 10th meeting and was available for public comment. The current map (PDF) eliminated parcels with housing units in condominium ownership, significantly reducing the number of parcels that were included in the previous analysis.
The 3rd Housing Production Plan Community Workshop was held on June 1st at Brookline Town Hall. The workshop was centered on Site Selection (PDF), 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. View a summary of the discussion (PDF) and see the Selection Criteria and initial yield of parcels (PDF) as depicted on GIS maps.
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:
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP MOVED FROM PIERCE SCHOOL TO TOWN HALL
The location of the 3rd Housing Production Plan Community Workshop (PDF) 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.
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:
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. View presentation materials (PDF), as well as a summary (PDF) of the meeting.
The third community workshop will be held at the Pierce School on June 1, 2016. Check back for more details.
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. View summary of the first community workshop (PDF) that focused on needs and goals.
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The focus of the meeting was Brookline's housing needs (PDF) and draft housing goals (PDF). Findings of the needs analysis revealed some interesting information (PDF) 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.
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