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Housing Survey - Why is Foxborough special to you?
Why is Foxborough special to you?

To help the Town kick off a 'Conversation on Housing', we are hoping people can respond to this question on our social media accounts or in any survey box around Town ain 1-2 sentences.

Why is Foxborough special to you?

Check out our social media accounts and submit your response. Join the conversation!
Facebook: @TownofFoxboroughMA
Twitter: @Foxborough_MA

More information about the purpose of the survey question:

The Town of Foxborough has been awarded a planning grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) to assist in the preparation of a Housing Production Plan (HPP).  Foxborough’s last HPP was completed in 2012, and has since expired.  HPPs help municipalities better understand local housing needs and demands, development constraints and opportunities, and a community’s vision for the future housing landscape. Communities can proactively influence development to guide the type, amount, and location of future housing, and signal to developers the type of preferred future development.

Foxborough is fortunate to have exceeded the state mandated 10% of housing units classified as affordable on the Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI); therefore the Town is no longer required to accept development proposals under MGL chapter 40B .  Many times HPPs are used for 40B compliance but in Foxborough we no longer need to focus on this. Rather we can focus our attention on addressing actual housing needs of our residents.  Foxborough’s HPP will differ from traditional HPPs in that a robust outreach and education campaign is a major component of the scope.  We truly want this to be a community driven Conversation on Housing

The vision for the project involves an HPP process that is not focused on 40B compliance, but rather on developing realistic, market-wise and practical strategies and solutions to meet the actual housing needs of our community.  We envision an extensive public outreach and education effort because we see a lot of fear around any new housing development in Town. Residents are frustrated by the high cost of housing in Foxborough and yet are oftentimes not supportive of increasing supply due to 'NIMBY' and other concerns.  Presently, providing housing for seniors is our most pressing housing concern but increasing choices and opportunities for all would be a benefit to increasing senior housing.

Foxborough has an aging population and we have been contacted by numerous senior citizens looking for housing choices.  Many remain in their large single family homes because they do not want to leave their community, but the tax and maintenance burdens are considerable. Only those with financial means tend to be able to take this approach, which also limits available stock of family housing as older residents remain in place. Many seniors do not have the option of remaining in their houses and are at risk of being “sized” or priced out of their community.

We envision one outcome of this project to create a program to incentivize various types of senior housing, whether garden style apartments, cottage living, or units above retail in Downtown Foxborough.  We want to have a range of housing type and cost options for our seniors.  We want them to be able to remain in our community.

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