What are Reading’s existing housing goals?

Part of our job as staff is to continually further the existing housing goals put forth by Reading residents. We feel that the MBTA Communities compliance process gives us a chance to revisit the Town's goals and ask whether or not we as a community have taken the necessary strides to meet them.

 “The community is not complete without offering options for our children and our seniors, for households on fixed income and long-time residents and those who do not drive. Affordability and diversity in housing types and households are fundamental to the open, motivated and proud community that Reading is.” – 2006 Master Plan

2006 Master Plan Housing Goals:

  • Goal 1: Establish a strong public commitment to housing and develop proactive housing policies.
  • Goal 2: Increase affordable units.
  • Goal 3: Promote Diversity in housing types & households.
  • Goal 4: Promote Neighborhood preservation.


2023 Housing Production Plan, Development & Regulatory Goals:

  • Increase, diversify and promote a mix of housing options in Reading for low- to middle-income households.
  • Create and maintain housing that is available and accessible to aging and disabled populations. Support housing development needs for most vulnerable residents.
  • Proactively plan for and manage the integration of housing growth to mitigate impacts and enhance the existing residential character of the Town.
  • Provide equitable access to housing opportunities, public spaces, green spaces and healthy/safe environments.
  • Maintain Reading’s Safe Harbor designation by retaining pace of Affordable Housing development in order to remain above 10% on Subsidized Housing Inventory.


2020 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Report:

  • Promote higher density development near the MBTA Commuter Rail and in already developed areas
  • Expand Downtown zoning to other areas of Town to improve connectivity
  • Cultivate vibrant downtown activity culture for young families

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1. What is the MBTA Communities law (3A)?
2. What does this mean for Reading specifically?
3. How did the state calculate our requirements?
4. Do we currently comply with the law?
5. Why should we comply?
6. By-right Development & Site Plan Review
7. What are Reading’s existing housing goals?
8. How does compliance work?
9. Why can’t we use Accessory Dwelling Units to comply?
10. Can we just zone over existing apartment complexes?
11. Where are we in the process?
12. Survey Results
13. Materials from our Knowledge Series held Fall 2023
14. Materials from our Public Hearings held Dec 2023 - Feb 2024
15. I’m concerned about the impacts of future construction
16. When do we have to build units?
17. What happens after the new zoning is adopted by Town Meeting?
18. This is the first I’m hearing of this; how have you been informing the public?
19. General Zoning Considerations & Definitions
20. Helpful Studies and Links
21. Local Data, Resources, and Documents