Planning Studies/Reports and Large Development Projects
Active Large Development Projects
The 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.
Kent Street Affordable Senior Housing
A 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.
Active Planning Studies and Reports
Brookline Art Makes Community
- This initiative aims to support the addition of public art and placemaking activations in Brookline’s commercial areas.
- More information on the Brookline Art Makes Community Initiative
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.
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
A 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.
Responding to the Multi-Family Zoning Requirements for MBTA Communities
On 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.
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.
- Boylston Street Corridor Study Committee (2018-2023)
- 10 Brookline Place Study Committee (2021-2023)
- Coolidge Corner Study Committee (2017-2019)
- Hancock Village Master Plan (2017)
- River Road Study Committee (2016)
- 111 Cypress Street Acquisition Study Committee (2016)
- 9th Elementary School Site Selection (2016)
- Bringing Back Boylston (Route 9 East) - MIT Study (2015)
- Centre Street Parking Lot Options (2014-2015)
- Local Rapid Recovery Plan for Coolidge Corner and JFK Crossing (2021)
- Urban Forest Climate Resiliency Master Plan (2021)
- Fossil-Fuel-Free Incentives Study (2021)
- Perspectives & Opportunities Commercial Areas Visioning Study and Appendix (2018)
- Climate Action Plan (2018)
- Strategic Asset Plan & Major Parcel Study (2017-2018)
- Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan (2017)
- Housing Production Plan (2016)
- Planning for a Changing Brookline Series (2015)
- Commercial Vibrancy Study (2014)
- Affordable Housing Policies and Programs (2011)
- Comprehensive Plan (2005)
- Neighborhood Conservation District Study (2005)
- Housing Issues and Opportunities (2001)
- Chapter 40B Housing Developments
- Balfour at Brookline - Newbury College site (2020)
- Driscoll School (2020)
- Hancock Village 40A Proposal (2018)
- 20 Boylston Street (2018)
- Brookline High School Expansion (2018)
- 700 Brookline Avenue - Hilton Garden Inn (2017)
- 54 Auburn Street (2017)
- 820 Commonwealth Avenue - Boston University Theatre (2016)
- 308 Boylston Street - Herb Chambers Audi (2016)
- Dexter Southfield School (2016)
- Beaver Country Day School (2015)
- Devotion School (2015)
- Circle Cinema - AC Hotel (2015)
- 111 Boylston Street - Homewood Suites (2014)
- 2 Brookline Place - Children's Hospital (2014)
- Olmsted Hill (2012)
- 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)