The Brookline Comprehensive Plan (PDF) serves as the road map for the town's future. 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.
On December 1, 2021, Town Meeting voted a resolution asking the Select Board to "in consultation with the Director of Planning and Community Development, appoint a Planning Process Study Committee 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."
As part of the Fall 2021 Town Meeting process, Director Brewton noted that if the resolution passed, they would request in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget funding for an additional Economic Development & Long-Term Planning position. On April 28, 2022, the Advisory Committee voted on a Fiscal Year 2023 budget including this request. The budget will be voted on at the Annual Town Meeting beginning May 24, 2022.