Housing Production Plan

A Housing Production Plan evaluates the housing needs of a community, ensuring a mix of housing types for different income levels, and helping to work towards a minimum of 10 percent of year-round housing stock being designated as affordable. By demonstrating progress and establishing affordable housing production goals, Ipswich can maintain its “safe harbor” status. This status allows the Town to deny 40B development if it does not meet local needs. 

The Town of Ipswich is updating its Housing Production Plan (HPP) in 2020. Consultants Anna Callahan and Jennifer Goldson from Goldson LLC are assisting the Town with this effort. 

To support this planning, a "Needs Assessment" for Affordable Housing in Ipswich was completed in 2019 and revised in the Spring of 2020. To gather additional input, close to 70 community stakeholders with diverse interests participated in small focus groups. The materials below were prepared to guide these discussions, and also provide helpful background and information about the planning effort. 

Informational Video on Ipswich HPP

Ipswich HPP Info and Maps

Ipswich HPP Focus Group Questions

Ipswich HPP Mapping Exercise

A summary of the information discussed during the focus group conversations can be read here.

With the support of a small HPP working group, Goldson’s team has revised the Needs Assessment and drafted 5-year housing goals and strategies. The draft goals and strategies are based on a combination of input from the housing focus groups, the public input collected through the Community Development Plan engagement process, and the consultant’s recommendations and best practices. 

At a joint meeting on September 14, 2020, Jennifer Goldson presented a final draft of the Plan to the Select Board and Planning Board for discussion. 9-14-20 presentation slides can be found here. Boards, committees, community partners, and the public provided input and comments on the plan over the month of October.

At a joint meeting on November 16, 2020, the Select Board and Planning Board will discuss the final plan and vote to approve and submit the plan to the MA Department of Housing & Community Development.

The final 2020 Housing Production Plan can be read here: HPP 11-16-20  

For more information or questions, please contact Town Planner Kristen Grubbs at kristeng@ipswichma.gov or 978-356-6607 x2