In 1620 the first European-style village was built in Plymouth. It looks like Plymouth may once again be leading the way when it comes to innovative housing in the Commonwealth. The town has always recognized the need to be flexible and the need for different types of housing in the community. In 2016, South Shore Chamber of Commerce released a plan for the region’s future economic growth called South Shore 2030: Choosing Our Future.
According to the report, housing inventory on the South Shore is too low, with the result that many young people, and young families, are priced out of the market. The report says there are warning signs that current demographic trends will not lead to sustainable growth, but rather, could lead to a downward cycle of lost jobs, declining services and lower property values.
While the population of the South Shore ages, planners say more must be done to attract those in their early 20s and mid-30s. The theory is that developments located near vibrant neighborhoods and transit will attract young people who commute, and eventually attract companies looking to relocate near a strong workforce.
Success of the plan will require many players working in the same direction, since the plan encompassed housing, commerce, transportation, and infrastructure. The chamber is seeking to work closely with private developers, community leaders, and government officials to implement their housing plan recommendations.
October 2018 Cape and Plymouth Business article titled "Plymouth Seeks to Invigorate Economy with Innovative Housing" highlights several Plymouth projects that are successfully implementing ideas outlined in the chamber’s vision.