Planning & Development

The Planning & Development Department is responsible for the administration of all planning, development and environmental activities in the City.

The department is divided into three offices:

City Planning Office

  • Coordinate planning functions for the City

  • Serve as staff to the Planning Board and help property owners and developers navigate the Planning Board review process

  • Organize, direct and coordinate the gathering and analysis of social, economic and engineering data necessary or useful in the conduct of planning and developmental activities

Community and Economic Development Office

  • Coordinate community and economic development functions for the City
  • Coordinate Federal, State and local grants intended to address specific needs and opportunities within the City, such as CDBG grants.
  • Support local businesses and developers through a variety of assistance and incentive programs.

Sustainability & Environment Office

  • Coordinate and administer the City’s response to climate change and sea level rise
  • Coordinate and administer efforts to preserve natural resources within the City

What is planning?

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.

Good planning helps communities envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change. Want to know more? Check out the American Planning Association's page on what planning is, who planners are, and what planners do.

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General Information
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
55 Front Street

Monday - Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 5:30 PM