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Deerfield Planning Board sponsors workshop on affordable housing

DEERFIELD — The Planning Board will host a community workshop on Tuesday on the future of housing in town.

The workshop is to help develop a housing production plan. Results of the workshop will help shape the strategies to guide future housing development, with a focus on increasing the amount of affordable housing.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in Town Hall.

At the workshop, residents can learn about the current characteristics and affordability of housing in Deerfield and take part in a mapping exercise that would challenge participants to place 250 new homes in town to accommodate projected growth by 2035.

A housing production plan identifies the housing needs of a community and the strategies it will use to meet the need and to create affordable housing. Executing such a plan gives a community more control over comprehensive permit applications.

Under state law, if a town’s housing stock is deemed to be less than 10 percent “affordable,” a developer can apply for a comprehensive permit, which provides relief from local rules by consolidating all permitting under one board.

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is helping the town develop the plan.

For more information, contact land use planner Alyssa Larose at 413-774-3167, ext. 127, or alarose@frcog.org.

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