Planning Studies/Reports and Large Development Projects

updated 6/30/23

Active Large Development Projects

Waldo-Durgin Development

Waldo-Durgin RenderingThe Waldo-Durgin Mixed-Use Project is a large mixed-use development to include a hotel, a residential building, and a parking garage along with commercial uses along the street-front. The development is currently being permitted with the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals pursuant to an overlay zoning district that was established at Coolidge Corner at the 2019 Annual Town Meeting.

Waldo-Durgin Development Project Webpage

Kent Street Affordable Senior Housing

Kent Street Affordable HousingA proposal for suitable Air Rights development of Affordable Senior Housing over the Kent/Station Street Parking Lot, with retention of the public parking on the site. This proposal is on hold until the Transportation Division proposes to the Transportation Board to what extent some commercial public parking spaces currently utilizing this site may be accommodated in other nearby rights-of-way.

Kent/Station Street Affordable Senior Housing Committee Webpage

Active Planning Studies and Reports

Brookline Art Makes Community

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Strategic Asset Plan & Major Parcel Study - Implementation

In conjunction with the upcoming Community Preservation Act funds, the Department is actively implementing elements of the Strategic Asset Plan and Major Parcel Study, published in 2018.

More Information on the Strategic Asset Plan & Major Parcel Study

Comprehensive Plan

The Planning Process Study Committee has been appointed to work with the Planning Department and other Town staff to develop a work program, budget, and scope for an inclusive, community-driven planning and zoning reform process. The Brookline Comprehensive Plan (PDF) was published in 2005, it serves as a guiding tool for actions of the town as well as the town's official comprehensive, or master, plan under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 41, section 81D. More Information on the Comprehensive Plan

Housing Production Plan

Housing Production PlanA Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a community's proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing. The purpose of a Housing Production Plan is to identify and address the affordable housing needs of low- or moderate-income people.

More Information on the Housing Production Plan

Responding to the Multi-Family Zoning Requirements for MBTA Communities

MBTA CommunitiesOn August 10, 2022, the state released their final Guidelines for the Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities. Multifamily is defined by DHCD as three or more units on a lot. The as of right zoning in Brookline must technically permit 6,990 multifamily units, independent of the number of housing units already in place nor how many units actually get built. Additionally, the guidelines clarify that multifamily districts may permit, but cannot require, commercial use.

More Information on Zoning Requirements for MBTA Communities

Local Rapid Recovery Plan (Coolidge Corner and JFK Crossing) - Implementation

The Coolidge Corner & JFK Crossing Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP) is an actionable, project-based recovery plan tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 related impacts to Coolidge Corner and JFK Crossing. The Economic Development & Long-Term Planning Division is currently working on implementing RRP projects. Identifying and applying for available grant funding - at the local, state, and federal level, as well as private foundation grant resources - is a top priority.

More Information on the Local Rapid Recovery Plan

  1. Completed Area Studies
  2. Completed Planning Studies/Reports
  3. Recently Completed Large Developments

Upcoming Projects

  • A use study for the land on Fisher Hill Avenue formerly known as the west side of Newbury College campus, recently purchased by the Town, authorized by Town Meeting and the general voters in 2020.
  • Boylston Street corridor in Chestnut Hill

(last updated 8/3/2022)