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Investment in new and existing housing is a critical need in rural towns, where a mismatch exists between current housing stock and current needs. A lack of housing production, old housing stock, changing demographics (smaller households and an aging population), and competition with short-term rentals and second homes in some areas, has led to a shortage of decent, affordable housing that meets the needs of residents.


FRCOG staff can provide technical assistance to assist our communities in identifying their housing needs, barriers to creating more affordable housing, and strategies for achieving housing goals.

Examples of the types of projects we can help with include:

  • Housing Plans to identify the needs of a community and Housing Production Plans consistent with MGL Chapter 40B
  • Zoning updates that include provisions for affordable housing
  • Using Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for affordable housing
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Housing plans identify the housing needs of a community and outline the strategies a town can take toward meeting those…

The Franklin County Regional Housing Study is an implementation project recommended by Sustainable Franklin County – A Regional Plan for…

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Andrea Donlon

Sr. Land Use/Natural Resources Planner
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Kimberly MacPhee, P.G., CFM

Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager
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Megan Rhodes

GIS Program Manager and Planning Coordinator
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