Planning Assistance Grants
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is offering Massachusetts municipalities technical assistance to improve their land use practices. Through the following procurement EEA makes available grant funding to the Commonwealth’s municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies in support of their efforts to plan, regulate (zone), and act to conserve and develop land consistent with the Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles.
- Smart Growth and Smart Energy policies at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) recognize the interconnection between land use, energy, and transportation policies.
- The Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit provides local officials and other stakeholders the tools to change local zoning in ways that encourage the siting of renewable energy facilities, conserve land, and enhance stewardship of natural resources. Toolkit modules include narratives, model bylaws, case studies, slideshows and resource links on mill revitalization, smart energy, wind power, environmental equity, smart parking, wastewater alternatives, form-based codes, and fifteen other techniques.
- Low Impact Development is an approach to environmentally friendly land use planning that include landscaping and design techniques that attempt to maintain the natural, pre-developed ability of a site to manage rainfall and recharge groundwater.
- Links and more information about the Massachusetts CPA, an innovative tool for communities to address important community needs and finance specific acquisitions and initiatives.
- MassDEP provides information and resources about Environmental Management Systems, Smart Growth, and Energy Conservation. Municipal facilities and operations can have a significant impact on the community's environment and the health of its residents and employees.