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Town Seeks Feedback on Housing Production Plan to Guide Future Affordable Development

Got opinions on affordable housing? Survey now available online.

The Town of Tewksbury is working with the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) to update its Housing Production Plan, which guides the Town’s decisions on how to support affordable housing, what kinds of housing development or redevelopment the Town hopes to create and informs how the Town and its partners can work toward making sure all kinds of families and people can afford a home that meets their needs.

As part of this effort, the Town, in conjunction with the Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG), developed a short survey on the needs, goals and future for housing in Tewksbury. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete and is available at Your input is critical!

Project Background
The development of housing that is accessible and affordable to community members with a range of incomes, household characteristics and demographic qualities is critical to successful and sustainable
community planning. Accordingly, Tewksbury aspires to continue its strong record of proactively planning for housing options.

The Town of Tewksbury Housing Production Plan for 2022-2026 aims to advance that goal, complimenting and building upon the Tewksbury Master Plan 2016. It serves as a framework for considering Comprehensive Permit projects, zoning changes, Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) expenditures, Community Preservation Act (CPA) fund expenditures, and other actions the Town and its partners can undertake to increase the supply of affordable housing.

The project is supported by a NMCOG District Local Technical Assistance grant funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The survey will be available through January 9, 2023. For questions about this project, or if you need a paper copy of the survey, please contact Alexandra Lowder, Community/Economic Development Planner, at or (978) 640-4370 Ext. 248.

The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) works with communities in the Greater Lowell region to support and enhance a wide range of community and regional planning objectives. We plan for and advance actions related to climate resiliency and adaptation, energy, economic development, environmental protection, housing, land use, municipal service delivery, public health, public safety, regional collaboration, and transportation. NMCOG is governed by a policy board of local elected officials from its member municipalities of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough and Westford. NMCOG also serves as technical staff to the Metropolitan Planning Organization providing comprehensive transportation planning services for the region under contract with MassDOT and the Lowell Regional Transit Authority.  

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