News


Summer 2013

Ms. Britt served as a volunteer co-chair on the Wayfinding Committee for the Town of Ipswich


Spring 2013

Ms. Britt developed a specialty in siting solar and wind facilities, and prepared and delivered workshops on solar zoning for conferences sponsored by the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors.

Ms. Britt was a presenter at the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors workshop on Mansionization.


Spring 2012

Ms. Britt completed a Downtown Masterplan for the Town of Rockport that included wide participation and extensive recommendations.


Fall 2011

Ms. Britt identified the availability of program income funds with the Town of Maynard, prepared a blight finding for part of the downtown, and developed a project to prepare a feasibility study essential for improvement of a downtown intersection that can relieve the blighting conditions.

Ms. Britt completed her term as the Professional Development Officer for the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter.


Spring 2011

Ms. Britt worked with the Rockport Planning Board to develop a new Removal and Filling-In by-law for the town to prevent the use of inappropriate fill in Town.


Fall 2010

Ms. Britt assisted the Town of Rockport with development of a stormwater by-law that was approved by Town Meeting.


June 2010

In her work with the Town of Rockport, Ms. Britt is developing an innovative and comprehensive approach to developing a masterplan for the downtown area.

Mr. Schaaf, as Chairman of the Ipswich Affordable Housing Partnership, spoke at the groundbreaking for a 48-unit affordable housing project in downtown Ipswich.


May 2010

Working with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Mr. Schaaf planned and composed a $100 million application for New Markets Tax Credits for the Illinois Valued Advisor Fund, as well as reviewing New Markets Tax Credit applications submitted by WNC Community Development Advisors, LLC of Irvine, CA, and by TransPecos Development Corporation of San Antonio, TX.


April 2010

As Professional Development Officer for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, Ms. Britt participated in the establishment of a training program for planners seeking professional certification. She also attended the National Conference of the American Planning Association in New Orleans.

Mr. Schaaf assisted Swope Community Builders of Kansas City, MO to plan and submit an application for $15 million to the Capital Magnet Fund, managed by the CDFI Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Builders seek to invest in key housing and commercial properties in their distressed community. The organization is part of the larger Swope Community Enterprises, which operates 3 health centers and commercial real estate projects.


March 2010

Ms. Britt worked with Taintor & Associates and the Town of Essex on the disposition of a summer cottage colony on Conomo Point. The restrictive use of public lands for rent to private summer communities drew increasing scrutiny where it continues to exist in Massachusetts. Leases on Conomo Point terminate on December 31, 2011, and the Town was working to have a plan in place of how it intends to proceed with the land disposition.

Ms. Britt also collaborated with Taintor & Associates to reorganize the Town’s convoluted zoning by-law to improve readability and functioning.


February through July 2010

Mr. Schaaf participated in the ongoing Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. Appointed by the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Committee shared its experience and insights concerning the proposed merger of two state development finance quasi-public agencies and the expansion of their mission and capital assets.


January 2010

Mr. Schaaf conducted a 3 day site visit to the target market area of a start up CDFI, the South County Community Investment Corporation. He is composing a market analysis for the impending CDFI, which intends to serve a 4 county area south of San Francisco to assist would-be owners to purchase a home and maintain it, including difficult-to-finance mobile homes.


November 2009

Harborlight Community Partners honored Michael Schaaf for his work on the Board of the North Shore Housing Trust. Michael will now transition to the board of Harborlight Community Partners, the lead non-profit developer of affordable housing serving the region north of Boston.

Carolyn Britt, AICP, was elected to the Board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association in the position of Professional Development Officer. She will be working with other certified planners and training programs to assist the development of certified educational programs and to assist planners with the certification process.


October 2009

In New York City, Michael Schaaf conducted a workshop, "CDFI Clinic," for local affiliates of NeighborWorks America that are considering applying for assistance from the CDFI Fund.

Michael Schaaf joined three consulting teams submitting proposals to provide technical assistance through the CDFI Fund's innovative Technical Assistance Program.

Two applications for New Markets Tax Credits, for which Michael Schaaf assisted Baker Tilly Virchow Kraus, receive awards.


July 2009

Carolyn Britt was re-elected as co-chair of the Open Space Committee in Ipswich.

The CDFI Fund awarded the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund a $500,000 grant based on an application composed by Michael Schaaf


June 2009

As a result of an application composed by Michael Schaaf, RCAP Solutions, a CDFI, received a $500,000 low interest loan from the USDA Intermediary Relending Program.


May 2009

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts released a $2 million investment to the Massachusetts Community Development Finance Corporation upon acceptance of a strategic plan prepared by Michael Schaaf.


April 2009

The Town of Hopkinton was awarded $1 million in CDAG funding for sewer improvements based on an application prepared by Carolyn Britt, AICP.


January 2009

The Town of Maynard was awarded a Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Grant for wayfinding signage based on an application prepared by Carolyn Britt, AICP.

Mill Cities Community Finance Corporation opened for business. Michael Schaaf prepared a successful SECA application to the CDFI Fund for this start up, and then provided technical assistance in a market study and planning.