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Residents Can Sound Off on the Future of Housing in Watertown

Consultants hired by the town will talk with residents about the type of housing they would like to see built in Watertown.

The following information was provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council:

Interested in learning more about community housing needs and a plan to address them?

Join the Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Metro West Collaborative Development (MWCD) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library.

The meeting will bring together residents to learn about housing needs and housing demand in Watertown, and discuss housing assets, opportunities and challenges for moving forward with a housing production plan. Feedback gathered at the meeting will inform the development of strategies while recognizing and working to address development constraints.

“The town is excited to work with MAPC to create a Housing Production Plan and expand upon some of our recent planning efforts,” said Steven Magoon, Director of the Department of Community Development and Planning. “We want to create community housing goals that will achieve a mix of housing types and values to meet the needs for a broad spectrum of individuals and families.”

“This project will help provide a framework and implementation plan for town leaders and volunteers to move forward with housing production and capacity building activities that will address community needs,” said Jennifer Raitt, Chief Housing Planner for MAPC. 

MAPC has created community-adopted and DHCD-approved housing production plans in Bellingham and Foxborough, and has updated Sharon’s housing production plan. MAPC is also working with Lexington and Watertown to create production plans with MWCD this year.

The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Danielle Evans at the Watertown Planning Department atdevans@watertown-ma.gov, or Jennifer Van Campen at MWCD at jvc@metrowestcd.org or 617-923-3505 x4.

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