About the Department


The Department of Planning and Community Development is responsible for planning activities and projects that are focused on preserving and enhancing the quality of life of Brookline residents by protecting and improving neighborhoods; insuring quality development consistent with the Town’s by-laws; defining and promoting appropriate economic development; and safeguarding and advancing the amenities that make Brookline a desirable place in which to live, work and invest.  

The Department provides professional and administrative staff support to a host of boards, commissions and committees and works closely with other municipal departments. Consistent with Town policy, the Planning Department is committed to engaging the public, informing and educating the private sector about planning projects, and performing its responsibilities in a transparent manner.

The Planning Department consists of three divisions: Community Planning, Economic Development and Long-Term Planning and Regulatory Planning, each led by a division head under the supervision of the Director. On the left, you will find links to sub-pages for our three divisions containing detailed information on the functions and projects of each.  


> COMMUNITY PLANNING:                                                                                                                                                                     > Responsible for administration of CDBG and HOME funding,affordable housing opportunities, inclusionary                               zoning, housing policy and planning, housing affordability monitoring, bikeshare program              

             JOE VIOLA: Assistant Director of Community Planning                                                                                                                VIRGINIA BULLOCK: Senior Housing Planner                                                                                                                            DAVID GUZMAN: Housing Planner                                                                                                                                                EWANA LINDO-SMITH: Community Development Administrator

> ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LONG TERM PLANNING:                                                                                                           > Responsible for commercial development, local business growth and support, signage review, long-term                                   planning and policy initiatives

             KARA BREWTON: Economic Development Director                                                                                                                    TREVOR JOHNSON: Economic Development + Long Term Planner                                                                                            FRANCISCO TORRES: Economic Development + Long Term Planner            

> REGULATORY PLANNING:                                                                                                                                                                   > Responsible for special permit/variance relief, design review for Local Historic Districts and demolition                                     cases, Major Impact Projects, 40B affordable housing projects, climate action & sustainability                                                     initiatives, Zoning By-Law amendments  

            POLLY SELKOE: Assistant Director of Regulatory Planning                                                                                                         MARIA MORELLI: Senior Planner - Climate Action/Land Use                                                                                                       ASHLEY CLARK: Zoning Coordinator + Planner                                                                                                                           KAREN MARTIN: Planner                                                                                                                                                               MEGHAN HANRAHAN RICHARD: Preservation Planner                                                                                                             VALERIE BIRMINGHAM: Preservation Planner   

DERICK YUNG: Senior Office Assistant                                                                                                                               LINDA HICKEY: Administrative Head Clerk

For contact information for Planning Department staff, see our Staff Directory.