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The Town of Whitman is in the
process of creating a Housing Production Plan (HPP) with technical assistance
provided by Old Colony Planning Council, our Regional Planning Agency.
Housing Production Plan is a proactive strategy for planning and developing
The state’s regional planning statute, Chapter 40B,
is a law that seeks to ensure that all 351 of the Commonwealth’s cities and
towns provide for the creation of new homes for individuals, families and older
adults, across a range of incomes. The goal of the statute is for every city
and town to have 10% of their year round housing units qualify as affordable to
households making up to 80% of the area median income. The statute
helps communities meet the Commonwealth’s housing needs, by providing a
flexible zoning approval process (comprehensive permit) for developments that
include 25% affordable units. At the same time, Chapter 40B provides
opportunities for municipalities to control their own housing growth. The
law enables agencies like MassHousing to deny 40B project eligibility to
projects that are inconsistent with local planning priorities in localities
that have demonstrated commitment to planning and delivering housing
growth. That is why it is important to have a Housing Production Plan and
have it approved by The Department of Housing and Community Development
(DHCD). HPP’s give communities that are under the 10% threshold of
Chapter 40B, but are making steady progress in producing affordable housing on
an annual basis, more control over comprehensive permit applications for a
specified period of time.
Communities that demonstrate planning and
production for affordable housing may also be eligible to receive priority
scoring for Commonwealth Grant Programs as well as access to capital grant
programs and technical assistance. Community input is a key part of the
planning process and this survey will help provide a better understanding of
the needs of Whitman residents.
It is important to understand who
currently lives in the community, demographic trends affecting future growth,
existing housing stock and future housing needs. By engaging the
community in discussions about the need for affordable housing and taking a
proactive approach in creating our Housing Production Plan, Whitman is more
likely to achieve our long range housing and community planning goals, allowing
for more diverse housing opportunities for residents of all income
Thank you for your participation.