The Community Development Department is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge.

The mission of the Community Development Department (CDD) is to enhance the character and diversity of the city’s neighborhoods and support sustainable economic growth that expands opportunities for residents, enables a high quality of life within the community, and contributes to a healthy environment. Learn more about the Department.

Read about the Department's accomplishments during FY16.


News and Announcements

  • Housing Information Session February 28

    Come to an informal session to learn about the City's Affordable Rental and Homeownership Programs on Tuesday, February 28 at City Hall

  • Small Business Challenge

    The Community Development Department is now accepting applications to its Small Business Challenge.

  • Mass Ave Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Begins December 2016

    The City has selected two locations on Mass. Ave. that were identified as priority locations for protected bicycle lanes in the Cambridge Bicycle Plan and where we believe that installing protected bike lanes will add meaningfully to the safety of the system.

  • Metro Mayors Climate Commitment

    In May 2015, the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition (MMC) adopted the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment. The Commitment created the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Taskforce to guide regional climate decisions in a collaborative manner. The Taskforce supports coordination among the existing and planned climate resiliency and mitigation efforts of the communities in metro Boston.

  • Drive Green with MassEnergy

    Get steep discounts on electric vehicles through MassEnergy's Drive Green campaign!

  • List Your Women or Minority-Owned Business in Our Updated Diversity Directory

    The Community Development Department is relaunching its Minority & Women-Owned Business Directory.

  • New Development Log Available

    The Development Log, published quarterly, tracks large-scale residential and commercial development projects currently in the permitting or construction phases in the City of Cambridge.

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