The HPP regulation became effective on February 22, 2008 when the DHCD promulgated 760 CMR 56.00, Comprehensive Permit; Low or Moderate Income Housing. The HPP regulation is contained in 760 CMR 56.03(4). HPPs replace Planned Production under 760 CMR 31.07(1)(i).
If a community has a DHCD approved HPP and is granted certification of compliance with the plan by DHCD, a decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) relative to a comprehensive permit application will be deemed "consistent with local needs" under MGL Chapter 40B. "Consistent with local needs" means the ZBA's decision will be upheld by the Housing Appeals Committee.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Workshops, Presentations and Training
Chapter 40B: Past, Present & Future Conference Materials
Chapter 40B Handbook for Zoning Boards of Appeal (March 2017)
DHCD Approved Plans
Amesbury Plan - contact Town Hall at 978-338-8118
Manchester by the Sea Plan
North Andover Plan
North Reading Plan
South Hadley Plan
Wayland Plan Wayland Part 2
West Newbury Plan
Chapter 40B Conference: Shaping the 40B Process in Your Community
Please join us on May 4th for a training on the most up-to-date information regarding Chapter 40B and how your community can work to expand affordable housing opportunities. Registration and training agenda can be found here. This training is sponsored jointly by Department of Community Development, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing and CHAPA. Featured speakers include Chris Kluchman, FAICP, Housing Choice Program Director, Department of Housing and Community Development and Calandra Clark and Tom Hopper, Co-Directors, Center for Housing Data, Massachusetts Housing Partnership