The City has hired the consulting team of Karen Sunnarborg and Abacus Architects to prepare a Community Housing Plan that will help us better understand the City of Beverly’s current and future housing needs. The plan will provide up-to-date information on local housing issues, identify priority housing needs, articulate a vision, and develop a strategy to provide a range of housing types that meet the needs of a wide variety of households. The plan will address how best to invest local resources, such as the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Community Preservation Funds dedicated to housing.
The consulting team working on behalf of the City of Beverly has completed a full and comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment. This document provides in great detail an analysis of data and conditions affecting housing affordability. The assessment will help the community identify what type of housing is needed in Beverly and strategies to consider in meeting those needs. The following link will provide access to the full document for review:
The first public forum, held Thursday June 16, 2016, was an opportunity for residents, housing-related agencies, and other stakeholders to hear what the consulting team has learned so far about shifts in demographic and housing trends in Beverly. Attendees shard their perspective on the City’s future housing agenda.
A second public forum will be held in the fall to review and receive feedback on possible strategies.