Community Planning Grant Program Awards

This program provides technical assistance for activities related to land use, including assisting communities in the development of a Master Plan, Housing Production Plan, Zoning Review and Updates, Urban Renewal Plan, Land Use Plan, Downtown Plan, Parking Management Plan, Feasibility Study, or Other Strategic Plan.

This program is part of the Community One Stop for Growth, a single application portal and collaborative review process of community and economic development grant programs that make targeted investments based on a Development Continuum.

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FY22 Grant Awards


Amesbury, $75,000

The Town will use scenario planning to explore the land use, mobility, design and conservation options that will create a vibrant gateway into Amesbury and help the East End Neighborhood embrace smart and sustainable land uses. The result will be a menu of options for the neighborhood that will not stress our roads, water and sewer systems and are sensitive to the neighborhood character, environment and residents.

Attleboro, $75,000

For a Vision and Plan to examine housing needs within Downtown Attleboro, weigh retail and office needs and opportunities, and factor in the location of infrastructure. The resulting plan will provide developers with a road map to the City's desires for development and help target marketing to appropriate firms.

Fairhaven, $75,000

The Town will create a 40R Bylaw with Design Standards and consider Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) for the commercial shopping plaza area south of Bridge Street within the larger overall Route 6/240 Redevelopment Target Area. The Town hopes that the 40R Overlay and Transfer of Development Rights will transform the shopping plazas near I-95 into an attractive higher density mixed-use pedestrian friendly zone with housing above smaller commercial units.

Franklin, $75,000

The Town will complete a zoning audit with a substantial public engagement process, and develop zoning bylaw amendments to modernize and update their zoning bylaw.  The Proposed Project will assure Franklin’s Zoning Bylaw reflects current best zoning practices and planning concepts and increase economic activity and the number of affordable housing units in the project area.

Leverett, $39,000

This grant will allow the town to begin the first of two phases for the creation of a Master Plan.    Leverett has never had a Master Plan and the town currently finds itself at a crossroads of many pressures, ranging from economic, social, housing, and environmental issues.

Lowell, $75,000

The City of Lowell will create a new TOD Overlay District For the area surrounding the Gallagher Terminal which serves as Lowell’s central transportation hub and provides MBTA commuter rail service to North Station in Boston and bus service through 19 local and regional bus routes. The City’s goal is to further the recommendations of the Lowell Gallagher Terminal TOD Study by modifying the zoning code to increase opportunities for new housing near the Gallagher Terminal.

Medfield, $75,000

The Town will conduct a comprehensive review of its zoning bylaw to bring terminology and permitted uses up to date. This review will identify areas of the zoning code that could be better aligned with other sections, ensure consistency with the Zoning Act and judicial decisions, ensure simplicity of use, clarity of everything from words and phrases to the various district provisions. The review will focus on two key areas: the existing open space residential zoning mixed use zoning for the Route 109 corridor in Medfield’s downtown.

Natick, $50,000

The Golden Triangle Implementation and Recovery Strategy will advance recommendations of Natick 2030+ and the Golden Triangle Study to support long-term success of the district and address immediate economic recovery needs from the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will amend zoning and create a plan for near-term achievable transportation and other infrastructure investments, with attention to issues of equity and climate change as well as the particular challenges revealed by the pandemic.

Northampton, $75,000

The City will update its 13-year-old Sustainable Northampton Comprehensive Plan, with extensive community participation and merge other plans into one document: Climate Resilience and Regeneration Plan (2021), Open Space, Recreation, and Multiuse Trail Plan (2018) and the Pedestrian & Bicycle Comprehensive Plan (2017). The end result is to create a shared vision, and the means to bring that vision to life.

Norton, $49,000

The Town will prepare a parking management study to strengthen the W. Main Street District as well as support the Local Rapid Recovery Plan that is currently being developed.  This study could also help us find solutions to other travel modes as the District is not pedestrian and cycle-friendly and will help the District become a vibrant destination accessible by all modes of travel for all ages and abilities.

Orleans, $74,000

The Town is purchasing the Governor Prence Motel and will use funds to undertake an intensive planning and community engagement process to determine desired land uses & develop a strategy for redevelopment of the motel property into affordable housing, municipal facilities, and/or commercial uses, consistent with the Town's Comprehensive Plan and Village Center Vision Statement. 

Pepperell, $47,000

The Town will expand and update an existing Mixed-Use Overlay District (MUOD) to encompass Pepperell’s full downtown area, including Railroad Square, the adjacent former mill site, and the Main Street economic corridor down to the historic Town Hall. A MUOD will provide permitting flexibility for potential developers and allow for appropriate mixed uses and compact development that support sustainability. It will also be consistent with the historic development pattern and use standards that protect environmental resources in order to reinforce the Town’s belief that downtown revitalization is the cornerstone of a vibrant, resilient community.

Watertown, $59,000

The Town will use funds to update its Comprehensive Plan which was adopted in 2015.  The update will re-assess the Town’s baseline, given the many changes in the last six years, then reassess the goals and strategies in each identified element, and produce a new implementation plan.  The Town will use funds to update three of the plan’s nine elements: (1) economic development, (2) land use, and (3) transportation, circulation, and parking and create a new implementation plan since they achieved 75 percent of the last plan. 

Weymouth, $75,000

The Town will use funds for a land use study, marketing and parking of Columbian Square to complement updated traffic designs and allow for redevelopment opportunities. The Square is home to a mix of retail shops, residences, and the largest hospital and employer in the region, South Shore Health. It is also impacted by Union Point, the Naval Air Station redevelopment.

Windsor, $32,000

The Town will use funding to hire the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to assist the town in the Master Planning process. The Town’s goal is to have a plan to present to the annual town meeting in May 2022.

Wrentham, $50,000

The Town will complete Phase II of its Master Plan update.  This phase will finish the Phase I work and ensure the Town has a cohesive vision that reflects the citizen’s input for the future of Wrentham. Phase II of the project will include the remaining Master Plan Elements of Land Use, Natural and Cultural Resources, Open Space & Recreation, Town Resources, Services and Capital facilities, Transportation and Circulation, Energy and Sustainability (Climate Resiliency), Public Health, and an Implementation Program.