Aquinnah Housing Production Plan (HPP)

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The Town of Aquinnah has begun a process to produce a Housing Production Plan (HPP), which is meant to help the Town address its housing problems and create housing options that are affordable for our workers, families, elders and children.  The big questions are “what” do we want to do and “where” does it makes sense to grow or add density in our Town? 

As part of the HPP process we will examine demographic trends and housing market conditions and how they impact our Town and the Island as a whole. A completed HPP will help Town leaders, policy makers and residents understand the best ways to move towards meeting the current and future housing needs of Aquinnah while preserving Town character and values. This plan will also guide decision makers as they look to allocate Town resources for proposed production of new housing and as they change zoning and housing policies to create more affordable housing options for current and future residents.

We have developed a thorough and public process and invite you to help shape the future of our Town. We will hold three interactive community workshops which will help guide Aquinnah’s housing policies and initiatives as part of the Housing Production Plan. Over the course of the 3 workshops we’ll decide who we want to help with housing, how much housing do we need and where do we want to build it? The workshops will be professionally facilitated planning consultants from RKG Associates, Inc. and JM Goldson.

See below for more informationm about HPP's and contact [email protected] for more information about the Town's process.


Help shape the housing and zoning policies Aquinnah will adopt to create housing options that are affordable for our families, elders, employees and children.

 JOIN our conversations - SAVE these dates

Monday September 19, 2016 at 7pm, Old Aquinnah Town Hall

Monday November 14, 2016 at 7pm, Old Aquinnah Town Hall

Monday December 12, 2016 at 7pm, Old Aquinnah Town Hall

Free community dinner at 6:30, workshop starts promptly at 7:00

We invite you to join these important conversations which will be professionally facilitated by planning consultants from RKG Associates, Inc. and JM Goldson. Respond to [email protected] if you plan to come so we can provide adequate food and materials.

You can also participate by taking this brief 5 minute survey. Tell us about your housing needs and your priorities and concerns about housing issues: Take The All Island Planning Board Housing Survey


Housing Production Plans

HPP’s are used by communities throughout the Commonwealth to significantly increase the number of affordable housing units and meet their 10% Chapter 40B State Housing Inventory (SHI) target. HPP's that are certified by MA DHCD help towns meet their affordable housing goals in a number of ways, including access to potential Federal/State funding. Recent zoning changes in Nantucket that were highlighted in the MV Times, were part of their HPP.

HPPs make it easier and more attractive for developers and landowners to create friendly 40B and other affordable housing options. Plus, if the MVC is willing to accept/approve a town’s HPP, those projects may be considered “pre-approved” and bypass MVC review when in the permitting process.

Housing Production Plans are approved at the local level by the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board and then submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for approval.  HPPs are required to contain the following three elements:

  • An assessment of the Town’s housing needs
  • Goals to assist with meeting the needs
  • Strategies toward achieving the goals

All 6 Island Towns are producing Housing Production Plans with Consultants from from RKG Associates, Inc. and JM Goldson Community & Planning. The six Town plans will be combined into an Island wide plan. This project was initiated and is being coordinated by the All Island Planning Board’s Housing Work group, with assistance from the MVC and the Island Housing Trust, and is funded by the MV Commission and grants to each Town from DHCD.

Dowload an FAQ on HPP's.

For complete information about HPPs, including plans from other MA towns this link will bring you to the State’s website.


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