The City of Salem has kicked off the Salem Housing Road Map: A Housing Plan for All. The purpose of the Road Map is to help Salem find the best ways to meet housing needs and shape the location, type, and design of future housing projects. The Road Map will consider best practices to help promote diverse housing options that are sensitive to the community context and capacity. When communities encourage homes of many types and sizes, it helps give all kinds of people affordable options and can help keep prices and rents from shooting out of reach.
When completed in the Spring, the Road Map will include specific, actionable recommendations for the City to take, such as zoning improvements, potential construction and reuse opportunities, and housing programs.
“I am so pleased to announce the start of the public phase of our Housing Road Map plan,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll, who chairs the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board. “Salem has worked intentionally and thoughtfully for years to advance policies and projects that grow our affordable and market-rate housing supply so that it can better meet the demand of a popular, vibrant community like ours. Building on past studies like Imagine Salem and the Housing Needs Assessment, this Road Map will chart a forward-looking path for the future progress of those efforts, shaping a Salem that can be home to us all.”
As part of this process there will be multiple opportunities for Salem community members to be involved and help shape the recommendations in the plan. The project team held focus groups this fall and is now launching a survey and series of four public forums over the coming months.
The first opportunity to participate is coming up soon. Join the City’s project team for a virtual Community Forum on Tuesday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. This online event is free and open to all. Registration is required and can be done online at https://linktr.ee/SalemHousingRoadmap. During the webinar, the City’s project consultants will provide an overview of the project and lead participants through interactive online activities so you can share your insights about housing needs, challenges, and opportunities in Salem.
Learn more about the Road Map at the project website, including how to register for the forum and respond to the survey, at https://linktr.ee/SalemHousingRoadmap.