Housing Production Plan (HPP)

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A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a community’s proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing based on a comprehensive assessment of its current and future needs. Through a HPP, a community creates a strategy to meet its affordable housing goals and provide diverse housing opportunities for households of all incomes.

Weymouth’s HPP is currently under development by RKG Associates of Boston. Sources of information for this plan will include U.S. census data, population projections, online surveys, community meetings, focus groups, interviews, and more. This project is supported by the Town’s Community Perseveration Fund. 

For more information about Weymouth's HPP, please contact Housing Coordinator Jane Kudcey at (781) 682-3639 or send a message here.

What does a HPP involve?

The HPP process is a regulation of M.G.L. Chapter 40B that encourages communities to take a proactive approach to affordable housing development. HPPs are prepared with public participation in accordance with 760 CMR 56.03(4) and guidelines adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). 

A HPP contains the following elements, covering a time period of five years:

Comprehensive housing needs assessment. A HPP examines the community’s existing housing stock and population, what demographic trends will affect future growth, and what the needs for housing will be in the future.

Affordable housing goals. A HPP identifies a numerical goal for annual housing production as well as goals for building a diverse housing supply, consistent with local and regional needs and feasible within the housing market.

Implementation strategies. A HPP establishes the community’s strategies for municipal action to achieve its housing production goals. Examples of strategies include zoning modifications, regional collaborations, and target areas for new development.

Why prepare a HPP?

A HPP provides an opportunity to understand the community’s current housing conditions and then determine the projected housing needs of both the current population and future population based on projected growth (e.g. more families, more elders). For example:

  • Are there enough “starter homes” for new households? 
  • Is there adequate workforce housing?
  • What are the options for empty nesters? 
  • How are the needs of the elderly being met? 
  • Are there options for residents with disabilities? 
  • Are there options for both rental and home ownership?

Once complete, a HPP provides guidance and direction for the kinds and locations of housing development most responsive to local conditions. The HPP also articulates the community’s rationale for encouraging certain development based on projected needs and preferences. A HPP can further serve as the companion to a community’s master plan and/or capital improvement plan in order to attract the types of development and housing opportunities that are needed.

If reviewed and approved by the DHCD, a HPP gives a community greater control over potentially undesirable comprehensive permit applications, more commonly known as Chapter 40B applications. These applications allow developers to override local zoning bylaws in order to create affordable housing in municipalities where less than 10 percent of the housing stock is defined as affordable OR where less than 1.5 percent of the municipality's land area is occupied by affordable housing. If a community has a DHCD-approved HPP and is granted a DHCD certification of compliance with the HPP, a decision by the community’s Board of Zoning Appeals to deny a Chapter 40B application would be deemed “Consistent with Local Needs” under state law and would be upheld by the Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee (HAC), if appealed.

Project Timeline

Preparing a HPP is a community-based process with opportunities for residents to become informed and provide input. Residents are encouraged to sign-up for the Department's e-alerts to receive news and announcements about HPP-related meetings, surveys, and other public participation activities in coming months.

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