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Thursday, November 04, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $1.4 Million to Support Local Land Use Planning

Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $1.4 Million to Support Local Land Use Planning

BOSTON - The Baker-Polito Administration today announced $1,452,098 in grant funding for 35 projects from the Planning Assistance Grant Program. The program, which is funded through spending authorized in the Environmental Bond Bill, is part of an effort to encourage municipalities to implement land use regulations that are consistent with the Baker-Polito Administration’s land conservation and development objectives. These objectives include the reduction of land, energy, and natural resource consumption; the creation of sufficient and diverse housing, and the mitigation of and preparation for climate change. The program is also part of the technical assistance offered to communities in support of the Baker-Polito Administration’s Housing Choice Initiative.

“Working with municipalities across the Commonwealth is critical for us to achieve important objectives, such as building more housing, better protecting natural resources, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which will greatly improve local communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These important grants will enable updated zoning and better planning, ensuring the public will receive both immediate and long-term benefits.”  

“We are very pleased to be able to help municipalities update local regulations so that they can better achieve their housing, economic development, natural resource protection, and other goals,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The grants represent exactly the sort of partnership between state and local governments that our Administration has worked to encourage.”

The grants are awarded to the Commonwealth’s municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies acting on their behalf to support their efforts to plan, regulate, and act to conserve and develop land consistent with the Massachusetts’ Sustainable Development Principles.

“Under the leadership of Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito we are helping communities update and enhance their zoning, subdivision, and other land use regulations so that they can grow in ways that reduce land, natural resource, and energy consumption, said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Projects we are funding today will help address climate change and make the Commonwealth more resilient, to the benefit for future generations.”

The following are 2022 grant recipients:

Applicant

Municipality (ies)

Project Name

Grant Award

Avon

Avon

Plan for Smart Redevelopment with the Sewering of Avon Industrial Park

$       40,000

Barnstable

Barnstable

Update & Consolidate Design, Infrastructure, & Historic District Guidelines

$       37,500

Belchertown

Belchertown

Incorporate Climate Resilience into Belchertown's Master Plan

$       47,430

Canton

Canton

Downtown Zoning Amendments & Design Guidelines

$       39,500

Cape Cod Commission

Cape Cod Region

Land Use Planning for Economic Resilience

$     144,043

Chelmsford

Chelmsford

Climate Action Regulatory Audit & Action Plan

$       30,000

Chesterfield

Chesterfield

Completion of an Open Space and Recreation Plan

$          9,900

Central MA Regional Planning Commission

Douglas

Completion of an Open Space and Recreation Plan

$       13,932

Central MA Regional Planning Commission

Hopedale

Master Plan Phase III - Transportation, Circulation, Public Services, & Facilities

 $       45,000

Central MA Regional Planning Commission

Mendon

Master Plan Phase II - Transportation, Facilities & Services, Natural & Cultural Resources, & Open Space and Recreation Elements

$       45,000

Central MA Regional Planning Commission

Central MA Region

Regional Housing & Infrastructure Plan - Phase I

$       70,000

Central MA Regional Planning Commission

Rutland

Transportation & Natural and Cultural Resources Elements of the Master Plan

$       26,782

Dover

Dover

Natural Resource Protection and Tree Preservation Bylaws

$          7,500

Fairhaven

Fairhaven

40R Zoning & Design Standards

$       45,000

Fitchburg

Fitchburg

Completion of an Open Space and Recreation Plan

$       32,500

Franklin

Franklin

Franklin Center Rezoning for Economic Growth & Diverse Housing

$       45,000

Harvard

Harvard

Ayer Road Commercial District Vision Plan

$       45,000

Haverhill

Haverhill

Dock planning, Trail Design, EV Station Mapping, Bike Route Mapping

$       45,500

Lexington

Lexington

Climate Action Plan Phases II and III

$       50,000

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Malden, Medford, Melrose

"Building Resilience, Efficiency, and Affordability Project"

$     113,211

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Ashburnham

Master Plan - Natural & Cultural Resources, Services & Facilities, Circulation, & Economic Development

$       45,000

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Hubbardson

Solar Bylaw

$       30,000

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Phillipston

Climate Vulnerability Assessment & Plan

$       45,000

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Townsend

Completion of an Open Space and Recreation Plan

$       28,000

Montague

Montague

Comprehenbsive Plan - Visioning & Scenario Planning

$       33,000

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, and North Andover

Enhanced land use regulations to mitigate climate change in 4 communities

$       68,000

Norfolk

Norfolk

Southwood State Hospital Site Re-Use Analysis & Zoning Recommendations

$       42,500

Northampton

Northampton

Zoning Update to Incorporate Climate Resilience & Regeneration Plan

$       45,000

Oxford

Oxford

Completion of an Open Space and Recreation Plan

$       30,000

Plainfield

Plainfield

Climate Resilience Plan

$       11,000

Southborough

Southborough

Revitalization of the Route 9 Corridor

$       45,000

Stockbridge

Stockbridge

Natural Resource Protection Zoning Bylaw

$       20,000

Stoughton

Stoughton

Commercial/Residential Mixed Use Bylaw

$       48,300

Swampscott

Swampscott

Eiseman's Beach Design Project

$       15,000

Wareham

Wareham

Downtown Rezoning - Illustrations

$       13,500

 

The administration’s Housing Choice Initiative, which was announced in December 2017, is a package of technical assistance for communities, the Housing Choice Communities (HCC) designation, new capital grant funding, and pending legislation, An Act to Promote Housing Choices. This initiative, and its goal to produce 135,000 new units of housing by 2025, complements the investments made by the Department of Housing and Community Development in affordable housing production across the state, and supports local government actions to meet the demands of a growing and aging population in Massachusetts.

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