Dover Housing Partnership

The Dover Housing Partnership is appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Dover Housing Committee (DHPC) seeks to promote and facilitate affordable housing in Dover. Our ultimate goal is to comply with current state law, which dictates that we have 10% of our housing stock designated as affordable. The DHPC shall define “Affordable Housing” as any unit which complies with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Community Development’s definition of Affordable Housing. Our first priority will be to satisfy the affordable housing needs of our senior citizens. Concurrently, we will seek to achieve our affordable housing goals as stated in our attached objectives.

Wherever possible, we will encourage small, 100% affordable projects through the commitment of town, charitable and volunteer resources. We shall seek to maintain Dover’s rural character, seek the input of our citizens and elected officials and help satisfy our affordable housing needs while maintaining sensitivity towards our drinking water supply and wetlands.

The DHPC shall do all of the above under the authority granted to the DHPC by the Dover Board of Selectmen. We shall formally report to the Board of Selectmen twice a year and more frequently as circumstances dictate.

Our responsibility is to work with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Town of Dover to identify, preserve and protect the historical resources of the Town, be they town records and documents or buildings and other structures. In addition, we are the body that administers the Dover Demolition Delay By-law, which was passed by Town Meeting in May 1996.

Members

Position Name Term Expires
Member Chris Jackman 2009
Member William Forte, Jr. 2009
Member Mark Barnes 2009
Member Rick Henken 2010
Member Norma Sullivan 2008
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Selectmen’s Liaison David Heinlein 2010
Planning Board Liaison Jane Remsen 2009

Meetings

Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times. Review the Housing Partnership’s meeting minutes for a record of their meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will Dover have affordable elderly housing? Where?
The Committee will continue to assess the needs for affordable and elderly housing on an ongoing basis (follow up on 1989 report).

Will Dover plan to build more family affordable housing?
The Committee will actively work to review the Town’s zoning bylaws, in conjunction with the Planning Board and other town committees, to foster the development of affordable housing. The Committee should maintain effective communication with non-profit groups and individual townspeople for the purpose of developing and accomplishing its goals.

The Committee will study possible means of financing future senior and affordable housing development. Possible sources could include: 1) use of town-owned property; 2) appropriation of Town funds; 3) private contributions; 4) grants from the federal and state agencies.

The Committee will actively give input to other Town task forces and committees involved in future land use, and assess the feasibility of affordable/elderly housing on the site.

The Committee will continue to educate themselves on State and Federal initiative program information: The Comprehensive Permit Process, and understand their charge from the Commonwealth.

The Committee will continue to increase public awareness on the need for affordable/elderly housing in Dover.

The Committee will discuss and review the process of proposal review currently in place. The review process needs to lend itself to a recommendation from the Committee on the project that can then be passed on to other boards and/or State funding agencies.

The Committee will update the Board of Selectmen at least twice a year with their progress.