What We Do
CDD provides professional support on matters related to zoning policy and urban design, and to the work of the Cambridge Planning Board. Staff members are available to consult with residents, business owners, project developers and other city agencies to discuss zoning regulations or to review proposed development projects.
Urban development in Cambridge is regulated by the Zoning Ordinance, which controls the overall scale and use of buildings throughout the city. Cambridge’s zoning is a reflection of CDD’s ongoing planning work, which helps to guide future urban growth in the city. For more information about how zoning works, see the Cambridge Zoning Guide.
CDD administers the Cambridge Planning Board, which issues special permits for some development projects as required by zoning, and reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Board also engages in CDD’s general planning efforts to improve the physical environment of the city.