Building Belmont’s future

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Building Belmont's Future

 About the Project

The Town of Belmont is partnering with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Greater Boston, and Metro West Collaborative Development, to update the town’s current Housing Production Plan (HPP) and launch a preliminary visioning process that will likely inform a future Comprehensive Plan. Together, the HPP and vision will help the community better understand local constraints and opportunities for development and collectively plan for the future. These plans will also guide anticipated future planning efforts, which will work to address the housing needs and demands documented in the HPP, in ways that align with the community’s vision.


Fall 2022

    1. Form HPP Subcommittee
    2. Collect and analyze data on housing needs
    3. Town wide engagement event about housing needs

Winter 2022/2023

    1. Town wide engagement about  housing opportunities and the relationship between housing and other community priorities

Winter 2023

    1. Analyze housing development constraints and opportunities
    2. Town wide engagement event about housing goals, strategies, and opportunities

~ May 2023

    1. Final Housing Production Plan and draft community vision

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Previous Events

Belmont Housing Production Plan Public Forum | November 3, 2022

Housing Production Plan


Belmont HPP Livability and Quality of Life Visioning

The Building Belmont’s Future HPP process will also include a community visioning exercise that will illustrate how livability principles can be incorporated into Belmont’s housing and land use goals and enhance quality of life.

A community visioning is a collaborative process designed to give people who live, work, and play in a place the opportunity to exchange ideas, values, and goals that articulate a shared vision of what they want their community to be like in the future.

AARP defines a livable community as one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing options and offers supportive and essential community features and services that allow residents of all ages and backgrounds to thrive. These include mixed-use zoning and multimodal transportation options that provide access to essential businesses, such as grocery stores as well as learning and job opportunities. Livable communities also include parks and public gathering spaces that provide physical and psychological health benefits to residents and strengthen communities. AARP’s Livability Index uses seven categorical principles to identify key elements to measure and clearly define livability. The seven categories are neighborhood, housing, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity.