Sessions to be held at senior center, town hall

STURBRIDGE — The Sturbridge Housing Partnership, in cooperation with the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), will hold a Community Forum on Wednesday, February 26, to complete a Housing Production Plan for the Town of Sturbridge.

The forum will be held in two sessions and at two venues. The first session will be held at the Sturbridge Senior Center, 480 Main Street, from 1 to 3 p.m., while the second session will be held at the Sturbridge Town Hall, 308 Main Street, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The agenda will include a presentation by CMRPC on the results of a Community Survey on the matter conducted last fall, plus an interactive mapping activity to generate discussion about diversifying Sturbridge’s housing stock. Currently, less than 6 percent of Sturbridge’s housing stock meets the Massachusetts criteria for affordable housing, which is housing reserved for those earning 80 percent or less of the area median income.

“This is a proactive effort to help the Town of Sturbridge meet the affordable housing threshold set by Massachusetts law,” said CMRPC Principal Planner Ron Barron. “A Housing Production Plan will assist Sturbridge in developing a more accessible housing supply.”

Light refreshments will be available at the meetings. Those who plan to attend should RSVP to Sturbridge Town Planner Jean Bubon, jbubon@town.Sturbridge.ma.us.

Founded by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1963, CMRPC provides a variety of services to its constituencies and brings a regional perspective to planning and development. One of 13 Regional Planning Agencies in Massachusetts, CMRPC serves the City of Worcester and 39 surrounding communities in the southern two-thirds of Worcester County. CMRPC’s programs include Transportation, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Regional Collaboration and Community Planning.

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