Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Receives $140,000 State Grant
HAVERHILL, MA – The Haverhill-based Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) learned last week that it had received a $140,000 state grant to help update 14 of the production plans existing housing units (HPP) in the region.
The grant was made Friday by the administration of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito through the Executive Office of Energy and Business Land Use Planning Assistance Grant Program. environmental (EEA).
The Baker-Polito administration announced more than $1.2 million in grants for 26 projects during Massachusetts Climate Week.
“The grant program provides municipalities with critical funding to undertake public processes and hire technical expertise to mitigate and prepare for the impacts of climate change, improve land use practices, conserve and sustainably develop land, and diversify land. housing choice,” the Baker-Polito administration said in a statement.
Certified HPPs expire after five years, and the MVPC said most existing HPPs in the region are expected to expire at the end of 2023.
The MVPC project to update 14 of the region’s existing HPPs, including Andover and North Andover, officially kicks off in October and is expected to take 18 months, the organization said.
According to the MVPC website, the upcoming project is to build on existing HPPs to update crucial demographic and housing data, conduct analysis to identify community strengths and opportunities for growth, and create direct and tangible action plans to guide communities in implementing the tasks necessary to establish the foundations for increased affordable housing development.
“This effort is important because it provides Merrimack Valley communities and the region with strategies to increase housing production in a way that suits the unique needs of their community,” said Lauren Keisling, an MVPC community planner who leads organization housing planning. effort, Patch said.
Keisling continued, “Over the next 18 months, MVPC will work in partnership with each community to strategically plan impactful development through its mission to provide safe, adequate and affordable housing for all residents of our region.