The Housing Plan Advisory sub-Committee is consisting of 9 members each serving three-year overlapping terms to consist of one member of the Board of Selectmen, one member of the Planning Board, one member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, one member of the Housing Authority, one member of the School Committee, one member of the Community Preservation Committee (to be appointed by those respective committees) and three residents appointed by the Town Administrator to oversee and guide the public process of developing: 1) a housing plan; and 2) a multi-family housing plan consistent with the zoning by-laws mandated by Section 3A of MGL chapter 40A (affecting all MBTA communities, including Nahant); which said plan shall be submitted to the Board of Selectmen for consideration and recommendation to a future Town Meeting for its adoption, if necessary.
The role of the Advisory Committee members shall be to:
• Oversee and guide the overall process, providing local insights and taking ownership of the plan.
• Act as ambassadors for the project to the overall community.
• Discuss strategies, community engagement feedback, and potential directions parts of the plan could move in.
• Work towards the local adoption of the HPP and local adoption of the 3A zoning bylaw.
The responsibilities of the Advisory Committee:
• Be part of this planning process from now until the end of July 2023.
• Attend the advisory committee meetings. There will be anywhere between 5 and nine of these meetings.
• The committee will decide on an appropriate time for these meetings, which are expected to take place virtually over zoom. Some of the meetings are set to focus on the HPP, others on 3A, and the committee will decide on if they want longer meetings or more meetings to ensure that all proper aspects are discussed of both facets of the planning effort.
• Attend and recruit attendance for public engagement meetings. There are expected to be four of these in total (2 focusing on the HPP, 2 focusing on 3A).
• The committee will be responsible for helping decide dates and times for public engagement meetings.
• The committee may be asked to participate in these meetings, such as helping to facilitate or take notes during small group discussions or at “stations” if engagement is held in-person.