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Community feedback needed on a proposed By-Law to require non-fossil fuel systems in new construction and gut rehabilitation projects in Brookline.
Community Sessions at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street:
August 20, 2019, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. - room 103
August 22, 2019, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. - room 308
Real estate developers, property owners, building trade professionals, and all members of the public are invited to a community feedback session on a proposed By-Law that, if passed, would prohibit the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new buildings and gut rehabilitation projects in Brookline. For these types of construction projects, installing or replacing gas or oil piping would be prohibited. This will have the effect of preventing the use of appliances (e.g., boilers, furnaces, hot water heaters, clothes dryers, cooktops, stoves) or other uses that require on-site combustion of fossil fuels for these types of projects. Draft language for this proposed By-Law will be formally filed with the Town at the end of August, proceed through a series of public hearings, and then voted on in November 2019 by Brookline Town Meeting.
The Town of Brookline, in partnership with the Brookline community and other communities across the Commonwealth, is committed to eliminating climate-impacting emissions in order to safeguard public health and protect future generations.
Community sessions, which will be hosted by the Town of Brookline Sustainability Office, are an important opportunity for you to provide early feedback on this proposed By-Law. More information, including the draft language of the proposed By-Law, is on the Town website at https://www.brooklinema.gov/1706/Sustainable-Buildings.