Comprehensive Planning, and Housing


SRPEDD works with our member communities to produce market-rate and subsidized housing that meets local community development needs, that is affordable to a variety of households and incomes, and that complements each community's natural and cultural setting.

SRPEDD has a long and proven track record of working with communities to produce desired housing and community development outcomes.

Massachusett's provides a variety of housing laws and programs that enable cities and towns to focus on producing housing for their residents.  SRPEDD has expertise in:

  • Housing Production Plans (HPPs)
  • Inclusionary and Incentive Zoning Bylaws
  • Open Space Residential Design (OSRD) or "Cluster" Bylaws
  • Chapter 40R Smart Growth Zoning
  • Chapter 40B Comprehensive Permits and Rules and Regulations for Zoning Boards of Appeal
  • Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
  • Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP)
  • Housing Choice Inititiative (HCI)

Housing Projects

Housing Production Plans (HPPs)

HPPs are a community's proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing for its residents under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. These important plans are developed in partnership with local officials and community members. By taking a proactive approach to housing production, towns are much more likely to achieve both their housing and community development goals, while also gaining more control over the 40B process.

Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO)

An RHSO is a collaborative, multi-jurisdictional effort that provides for the proactive management and monitoring of affordable housing in communities. The RHSO concept comes from difficulties that many communities experience in adequately managing and monitoring their affordable housing stock. In other words, RHSOs fill a common gap in housing planning by providing the expertise and staffing needed to produce and maintain vital afforable housing.