About the Department (Planning and Community Development)


The Department of Planning and Community Development is responsible for  is responsible for the Town's planning initiatives and programs relative to land use regulations, historic preservation, housing, economic development, sustainability and CDBG/HOME grants as well as undertaking long-term projects to advance the priorities of the Select Board. As part of this responsibility, the Department provides support to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Housing Advisory Board, Economic Development Advisory Board, Small Business Development Committee, Community Development Block Grant Committee, Preservation Commission and Zero Emissions Advisory Board (ZEAB) as well as Select Board-appointed committees related to corridor studies and site-specific projects.

The Planning Department consists of four divisions: Community Planning, Economic Development and Long-Term Planning, Regulatory Planning, and Sustainability. On the left, you will find links to sub-pages based on users' interest. If you need assistance and are unsure where to start, please refer to our Department Services FAQs or call us at 617-730-2130.

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

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

REGULATORY PLANNING: Responsible for special permit/variance relief, design review for Local Historic Districts and demolition cases, Major Impact Projects, 40B affordable housing projects, signage review, Zoning By-Law amendments, Community Preservation Act

SUSTAINABILITY: Responsible for implementing the Climate Action Plan and related initiatives.