Housing Production Plan Update 2022-23

Housing Production Plan (HPP) Engagement:

Public Survey

A town-wide survey was distributed for feedback and information. Nearly 800 survey responses were submitted, you can find the results summary here

Monday October 24, 2022 Hybrid Forum

The HPP Working Group and consultant Anser Advisory held a hybrid public forum on Tuesday October 24, 2022 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The forum included a presentation on Affordable Housing (definition, benefits, qualifications, etc.), census data, survey data and data on the local housing market and cost burdening of such. It ended on a workshop identifying Reading Housing Goals and the Strategies that would help to reach such goals. 

You can find a copy of the presentation here. You can also watch a recording of hybrid forum here

Tuesday November 29, 2022 Remote Forum

A second remote forum was held on Tuesday November 29, 2022 at 6:00PM to discuss housing related goals and strategies moving forward. 

You can find a copy of the presentation, that includes the Goals and Strategies, here

CPDC Update:

An update on the plan will  be provided to the CPDC on Monday January 9, 2023. The update/discussion is scheduled for 8:15PM. The meeting will allow in-person partcipation in the Select Board Meeting Room at Reading Town Hall or remote participation through the Zoom Meeting Info below.  The presentation and draft plan is found in the documents tab above. 

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Select Board Update:

An update on the plan will  be provided to the Select Board on Tuesday January 10, 2023. The update/discussion is scheduled for 7:45PM. The meeting will allow in-person partcipation in the Select Board Meeting Room at Reading Town Hall or remote participation through the Zoom Meeting Info below.  The presentation and draft plan is found in the documents tab above. 

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What is a Housing Production Plan?

A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a community's proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing. The purpose of a Housing Production Plan is to identify and address the housing needs of the community. A state-regulated plan that requires approval by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Housing Production Plan focuses on developing and preserving homes that meet the requirements of the state’s affordable housing law, commonly known as Chapter 40B.

Housing Thresholds under Massachusetts' Chapter 40B

Housing Production Plans create a strategy to enable municipalities to meet their affordable housing needs in a manner consistent with the Chapter 40B statute and regulation. The Town of Reading has made significant progress toward meeting and exceeding the state's 10% Subsidized Housing Inventory threshold. For more information on Housing Production Plans, visit Mass.gov

Housing Production Plan (HPP) Update - Expected Schedule:


HPP SCHEDULE (September 2022-February 2023)
PhaseWork to be DoneEstimated Schedule
Public Engagement


Public Survey/Data Collection and Needs AssessmentSeptember 2022 - October 2022

Public Forum #1October 2022

Public Forum #2November 2022
Planning Process


Review Survey Data and Debrief of Public ForumsOctober 2022 - December 2022

Draft HPPDecember 2022

CPDC Review and VoteJanuary 2023 - February 2023

Select Board Review and VoteJanuary 2023 - February 2023
Final Steps


Submit HPP to DHCDFebruary 2023