Foxborough Boards to Consider Housing Production Plan

In a joint session, the Foxborough Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will be meeting June 28.


The Foxborough Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will meet in joint session at the Foxborough Town Hall on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. to consider a housing production plan for the town.

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) staff Jennifer Raitt, Chief Housing Planner, and Jennifer Erickson, Regional Planner, have spent over seven months preparing a draft plan for the boards’ consideration. This work is funded by MassDOT’s South Coast Rail project that will restore passenger rail transportation from Boston’s South Station to the South Coast of Massachusetts.

A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a community's proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing by creating a strategy to enable it to meet its affordable housing needs in a manner consistent with the Chapter 40B statute and regulations and producing housing units in accordance with the HPP.

Among the challenges in planning for Foxborough are the infrastructure and transit limitations.

A relatively new regulation (the HPP regulation became effective in early 2008), once the selectmen and planning board adopt a HPP for the community, it is forwarded to the State for its approval.

Once approved by the State, a decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) relative to a comprehensive permit application will be deemed "consistent with local needs" under MGL Chapter 40B, meaning the ZBA's decision will be upheld by the housing appeals committee.

A copy of the draft Housing Production Plan will be available on the planning department’s website when received from MAPC at http://www.foxboroughma.gov/. For more information, please call the planning board at 508-543-1250.

Bill King June 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Affordable housing ! Affordable housing will bring drugs, crime, and increased domestic disputes, no value in at all. Just like the casino.
Bill King June 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
And the train keep it out of this!
Deborah A Stewart June 15, 2012 at 02:12 PM
OMG! Are you kidding me Mr King? Maybe all of us who make under 100K a year should just move from town so we won't sour your "rose colored" outlook of Foxboro. Then it can really become the perfect,white picket fence, stepford purist town that you and others believe it should be. It is getting harder and harder to want to remain in this town with people who have attitudes like yours. God help this town.


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