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The immediate impetus for the organizational study of the Brookline Planning & Community Development Department (Department) was concern about the appropriate role for the Town in supporting the local business community, in particular whether the role performed by the Commercial Areas Coordinator position should continue.

In addition, the Town needed advice about the appropriate strategy for the Town to maintain planning and development services and staffing in light of the long‐term decline in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Since its passage in 1974, CDBG has been a principal component of the Department’s financial architecture and a significant portion of funding available for staffing and operations. Of the Department’s 16 full and part‐time positions, 12 are funded in whole or in part by CDBG. As a result of continuing funding reductions, FY2013 funding will be approximately sixty percent of the level in FY2004 ($1.2 million vs. $1.9 million) and in upcoming years additional reductions are forecast due to pressure on the CDBG budget at the federal level.



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