Housing Production Plan

(updated 11/18/21)

PRESS RELEASE - 11.18.2021

What is a Housing Production Plan (HPP)?

A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a community's proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing. The main purposes of a Housing Production Plan are to create and preserve equitable, affordable housing and to exceed the state’s 10% subsidized housing inventory threshold under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B. See Brookline's previous Housing Production Plan here.

Community Engagement for the Housing Production Plan

The Housing Production Plan process will include multiple avenues of community engagement with people across a variety of incomes, racial and ethnic communities, and neighborhoods. The initial interviews this fall and the broader community meetings to follow over the winter will focus on the heart of any Housing Production Plan: a comprehensive housing needs assessment. Public forums are expected to commence in January and occur periodically over several months, with the project slated for completion by August 2022. Stay informed by signing up for the Housing Production Plan emails via the Town's Notify Me webpage. 

Housing Thresholds under Massachusetts’ Chapter 40B

Housing Production Plans create a strategy to enable municipalities to meet their affordable housing needs in a manner consistent with the Chapter 40B statute and regulation. Local housing needs are more complex than the state’s 10% subsidized housing threshold. For example, the threshold itself is not an accurate snapshot of how many housing units are subsidized. Market-rate rental units that are part of many mixed-income rental housing developments are included on the subsidized housing inventory. Additionally, housing units that are subsidized for households of 80% to 120% area median income are not included in the state’s inventory. The Town of Brookline has made significant progress toward meeting and exceeding the the state’s threshold. For more information on Housing Production Plans, visit Mass.gov

Consultants for the Housing Production Plan

The Town of Brookline hired a consulting team led by Barrett Planning Group, with Community Circle, Dodson & Flinker, and Language Connections. Community Circle is heading up the community engagement plan, which will be informed by interviews conducted throughout November with residents, employees, businesses, town officials, developers, and representatives of the many non-profit organizations that serve Brookline.

2021-2022 Housing Production Plan Update - Initial Schedule

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Update 10/15/21

On October 12, 2021 the staff-led working group kicked off this project with our consultant team (Barrett Planning Group, Community Circle, Dodson & Flinker, and Language Connections). The first phase of work includes creating a community engagement plan and completing targeted community interviews to better document housing needs in Brookline. Additional information will be added to this webpage as the project proceeds, including information about public forums beginning in January 2022. We anticipate this work will be completed by the summer of 2022.

Previous Updates (6/15/21)

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.