The primary responsibility of the Community Development and Planning Department is to work with the community to develop a common vision for its future and take actions that transform that vision into reality. In order to fulfill that responsibility the Department develops partnerships, conducts inclusive planning processes and secures local, regional, federal, state, and other resources to improve the quality of life for Hull residents.
When Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are available the Department distributes them directly to residents through the housing rehabilitation program. The Department also conducts community infrastructure projects with CDBG funds when they are available. These projects improve access for all to Town facilities and amenities. Some projects that improve access include the A St. handicapped access beach ramp, sidewalks at C and D Streets and the Senior Center renovation.
The Department conducts a variety of other projects to enhance the conditions that support revitalization and the quality of life for all Hull residents. These include improving transportation including improved access to Nantasket Pier and repair and enhancement of the Pemberton Pier Commuter Facility.
The Department also secures funding for larger projects that help the Town achieve its goals as articulated in several Plans including the Community Development Plan, the Harbor Plan, The Open Space and Recreation Plan. the ADA Transition Plan and the Community Development Strategy. The Department developed a Community Development Strategy which was approved by the Board of Selectmen. This strategy includes projects to stimulate economic activity with the goal of providing business and employment opportunities and help ex expand the tax base. This is a two-pronged economic development approach that calls for the revitalization of the year round economy and the destination economy.
In the last few years the Department has worked with partnerships to create the "framework for revitalization" of the Nantucket beach each area. The framework includes the things a municipality can do to encourage reinvestment by existing property owners, businesses and new investors. New partnerships were forged in order to successfully complete these elements. This framework includes;
- 2011 - Goal - DCR Re-Use Committee conducts Community Workshops where a consensus revitalization goal and planning area are defined.
- 2012-2013 - Zoning - After 23 public meetings the Community creates the Nantasket Beach Overlay Zoning District, which wins a "Healthy by Design" award.
- 2012-2016 - Infrastructure - The Department works to create a partnership with the Hull Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to provide engineering admin. funds for $1.95 M MassWorks Grant to rebuild Nantasket Avenue at "Surfside". The Department writes the grant, solicits support and after receipt of the grant provides project management and administrative services for its completion.
- 2014-2015 - Initiation of a study of a 2 way road system to relieve congestion at bottlenecks while supporting economic development. The Town HRA DCR partnership has committed funding. The Department solicits support and funding from the HRA and DCR and after commitment of funds the Department provides project management and administrative services for its completion.
- 2013-2015 - Provide clear guidance to developers for Revitalization - The Town through the Department of Community Development and Planning and the Town Manager works with the HRA and MassDevelopment to hire Utile, & Nelson Nygaard to work with the community on a Pre-development Plan to include site master plans and transportation plan including parking for the beach area.
The Department will continue to work with the community to take the necessary steps to transform the community's vision into reality.
|Chris DiIorio||Director of Community Development & Planning||(781) 925-3595|