State Planning Grant Funds Available for Zoning for Sustainable Housing Production – September 22, 2017

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is making grant funding available to municipalities and Regional Planning Agencies to support efforts to plan, zone, and act to conserve and develop land consistent with the Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles.  Grants are available for diverse land use planning related work, with set-asides of $250,000 each for four priorities:(1) zoning for sustainable housing production ((e.g. Accessory Dwelling Units, 40R Smart Growth Zoning, Transit Oriented Development, or Mixed-Use zoning), (2) actions implementing the results of a Climate Vulnerability Assessment, (3) zoning that results in permanent land conservation, and (4) mitigation of climate change through zoning and other regulations that reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.  Full details can be found in the procurement here. Bidders' conferences will be held on September 29 at 10 am (Boston) and October 3 on 3p.m. (Springfield). Applications are due no later than October 23.