Cape Housing Institute
Free Training for Elected & Appointed Municipal Leaders & Town Staff
What’s your vision for our community in 10, 20, or even 50 years? Together, we can build it. And housing is the foundation. This is our fourth year of presenting Housing Institute training for municipal leaders and more than 200 officials have participated to date!
In 2021, we are offering a series of in-depth trainings and peer groups for municipal officials. If you serve your town as an elected or appointed official, volunteer committee member, or staff – or you want to learn how you can support housing initiatives in your town – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified of future trainings.
In August 2020, we partnered with Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) in organizing a Diversifying Housing Opportunities that highlighted ways communities can adopt more inclusive zoning measures.
We also welcomed more than 50 municipal officials to our Form-Based Code Workshop in February 202. Form-based code takes a visual approach to zoning that describes the type of buildings that towns want to see in specific areas—rather than a traditional zoning approach that describes what cannot be built and includes a lot of detail about building uses. Form-based code is a tool that community members, town governments and developers can use to help housing get built faster and with fewer conflicts than traditional zoning. Many towns of the Cape are considering form-based code as a way of promoting quicker housing production.
In November 2019, nearly 100 municipal officials and a limited number of community leaders and REALTORS attended a full-day training on local housing solutions that work! We presented town-specific case studies as well as expert presentations by town and regional housing leaders, wastewater experts, affordable housing management companies, and more.
These trainings have been offered free of charge, thanks to support from the people of Falmouth through the Community Preservation Fund; The Campbell Worthington Jr Fund and The OKeefe Family Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation; and The Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS (CCIAOR).