Community Housing Plan

The City 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 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 people living in, and looking to live in, Beverly. The plan will address how best to invest local resources, such as the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Community Preservation Funds dedicated to housing.

Draft Plan Materials

Since March 2016, the consulting team has completed a full and comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment, which can be downloaded below. This document provides a detailed analysis of data and conditions affecting housing affordability. The assessment helps 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:

Beverly Housing Needs Assessment

Here is a Glossary of Housing Terms which may be useful.

Public Surveys

NEW 11/3/16: At the November 2nd meeting, the City asked attendees to vote for their top 5 proposed strategies. We want to give everyone the opportunity to weigh-in. Please review the Summary of Draft Housing Strategies and then take this Preferred Strategies Survey.

Here is a Summary of the Housing Survey Results for the initial survey conducted in July 2016.

Public Forums

The City held a second public forum  on November 2, 2016 at 6:30pm at Briscoe Middle School auditorium. The meeting consisted of a presentation by the consultant and and the opportunity to review and receive public feedback on possible strategies, including hands-on exercises with the public.

NEW 11/3/16: Housing Plan Presentation Nov 2

Housing Plan 2nd Meeting Notice

City Council Presentation: The Planning Director also made a presentation to the City Council at their October 17th meeting, during which he introduced suggested strategies. Video of the meeting is available on BevCam and the presentation is here:

Housing Plan Council Presentation 10-17-16

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.

Sunnarborg Presentation – Overview of data collected for the Housing Needs Assessment

Abacus Presentation – Character and housing typologies in Beverly