Along with the five other towns on the Vineyard, Chilmark has begun a process to produce a Housing Production Plan (HPP). The HPP can be a guide to the Town’s decisions in addressing housing that is affordable for our workers, families, elders and children. In Chilmark, the “how” of being proactive will be balanced with the equally important question of “where” it can happen.
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Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 7pm, Chilmark Public Library
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7pm, Chilmark Public Library
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7pm, Selectmen's Meeting Room, Town Hall
We invite you to participate in these very important interactive community workshops. During these three sessions we will examine the “who, how, where and when” in Chilmark. The workshops will be professionally facilitated by planning consultants from RKG Associates, Inc., JM Goldson community + planning (see bio below).
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 Plan Process
The HPP process offers an opportunity to thoroughly examine the demographic changes and ever-changing housing market conditions – and how this impacts our community and the Island. 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 Chilmark while preserving the Town character and values. This plan will also guide decision makers as they look to allocate Town resources for any proposed production of new housing by identifying our inventory of existing housing and possible zoning revisions to meet any identified future housing goals.
HPPs are approved at the local level by the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board and then will be 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
We have developed a thorough and public process to invite you to help shape the future of our town as we examine these three elements of the HPP. The interactive community workshops will help guide Chilmark’s housing policies and other initiatives as part of the Housing Production Plan.
For more information about HPPs, this link will bring you to the State’s website: Housing Production Plans
Questions or comments regarding Chilmark’s HPP can be directed to [email protected]
JM GOLDSON (LEAD CONSULTANT)
JM Goldson, is a sole proprietorship established in 2006 by community planner, Jennifer Goldson, AICP, that has a strong track record helping communities develop strategic priorities for community preservation and affordable housing through interactive public engagement. Jennifer has a diverse 20-year background as a professional community planner that blends specialties in housing, community preservation, and land use planning. JM Goldson, which employs 1.5 full-time professionals, specializes in creating Housing Production Plans, Housing Needs Assessments, Community Preservation Act Plans, and Affordable Housing Trust Action Plans. JM Goldson's work is exclusively in Massachusetts.
JM Goldson has completed many Housing Production Plans and Housing Needs Assessments, as well as facilitated interactive community housing workshops for a variety of communities including Agawam, Arlington, Barnstable, Bridgewater, Concord, Easton, Medway, Norwood, Pelham, Southborough, and Sudbury. JM Goldson is also preparing Housing Production Plans in Brookline and Nantucket as a sub-consultant to RKG Associates.
In addition, Jennifer is the primary author of three guidebooks for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership's (MHP):
- Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Guidebook (2009, updated 2013)
- Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Operations Manual (2015)
- the new Community Preservation Act and affordable housing guidebook: Create, preserve, support (2016)
Jennifer is also a regular trainer at MHP's annual Housing Institute, specializing in building community support for affordable housing, the Community Preservation Act, and Municipal Affordable Housing Trusts.
RKG ASSOCIATES, INC.
RKG Associates, Inc. (RKG) is a full service economic, planning and real estate consulting firm with offices Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Georgia. Since its founding in 1981, RKG has successfully completed more than two thousand consulting projects regionally, nationally, and internationally, providing a comprehensive range of planning, economics, market research, and financial feasibility services to public and private clients. The firm employs ten full time professionals and has grown to become one of the most respected economics and real estate advisory consulting firms in the United States.
Judi Barrett, Director of Municipal Services at RKG, will represent the firm in Agawam. A planner with thirty years of experience in the field, Judi has led numerous master plans for cities and towns, conducted comprehensive zoning revisions and recodifications, and developed training programs for town boards and professional planners. She works nationally on inclusionary zoning and fair housing. Judi has completed affordable housing plans and studies for New England clients, including over two dozen Housing Production Plans. She serves as a Chapter 40B Technical Assistance Consultant for MHP, helping Boards of Appeal throughout Massachusetts navigate the comprehensive permit process. In addition, she recently authored a new Chapter 40B Guidebook for MHP.
- A brief overview of the Island housing situation.
- Chilmark Population and Housing Profile
- Chilmark September 21, 2016 Workshop Presentation/Slides
- Chilmark September 21, 2016 Workshop Summary
- Chilmark Draft Vision Statement
- Chilmark November 16, 2016 Workshop Presentation Including Draft Goals
- Chilmark Revised Vison and Goals for Review at December Meeting
- Chilmark Map for December Workshop
- Chilmark Presentation for December Meeting
- Chilmark Draft HPP