Jesse Geller Awarded 2022 Citizen Planner Award
The American Planning Association - Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) Awards
Committee has selected Jesse Geller, Brookline Zoning Board of Appeals Chair to receive the 2022 Citizen Planner Award on December 9th. A Planning consultant that has served over 180 Massachusetts communities noted in their nomination letter that they "have very rarely seen a Zoning Board
of Appeals (ZBA) chair manage the Comprehensive Permit process with the skill, the
commitment to fairness, and the depth of understanding of Chapter 40B that Brookline’s Chair
Jesse Geller demonstrates at every public hearing." Congratulations to Chair Geller! Staff from the Department of Planning & Community Development and Building Department were thrilled to nominate him for this award, which may be the first awarded to a ZBA member.
$800,323 State Funds added to Brookline's Community Preservation Fund
The Community Preservation Committee is happy to announce Brookline’s first Community Preservation Act (CPA) State Match has been allocated! The Town will receive a 30.3% match in the amount of $ 808,323.00 to our Community Preservation fund. This amount does not include the allocation of an additional $20 million in state budget surplus funds to the CPA Trust Fund, so a second distribution is possible as well. The Community Preservation Coalition advocated on behalf of CPA communities to obtain this additional funding, and this group has indicated that this year’s match could increase to 38% once these funds are distributed.
November was an exciting month for Brookline’s Community Preservation Committee, as it also published a Request For Quotation for a consultant to develop Brookline’s Community Preservation Plan and Application process. The Committee hopes to develop this plan with robust participation from community stakeholders. Community engagement activities are planned for Spring of 2023. The current timeline has the Committee on track to accept the first CPA applications in the fall of 2023, with the first round of CPA projects funded at Spring Town Meeting, 2024. The Community Preservation Committee looks forward to working with Brookline residents and stakeholder groups to put these funds to work in the community!
Brookline Electricity Program Offers Savings this Winter
The Town’s electricity supply program for residents and small businesses, Brookline Green Electricity (BGE), will begin a new supply contract in December 2022, which will provide fixed prices for the next two years. The Town is proud to announce that under the new contract, the most popular offering in the Program, Brookline Green, will provide 90% renewable energy in 2023 and 100% in 2024. Brookline Green will also cost less than Eversource Basic Service rates in December 2022 through June 2023, although future savings cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, since the Program launch, Brookline Green Electricity has yielded more than $6.3 million in cumulative savings to participants (future savings cannot be guaranteed).
Starting with the electricity bill participants receive for December 2022, the Supplier name will change to the reflect Program’s new supplier “Brookline Green Electricity c/o NES.” BGE Participants may change to another option in the Program at any time or opt out of the Program without penalty. To select a different BGE option or to opt out of the Program, use the online form at BrooklineGreen.com or call the new supplier, NextEra, at 877-960-5514.
For questions about Brookline Green Electricity, please contact the Town’s support line at (800) 931-6221.