Develop and promote source reduction, recycling and other environmentally desirable methods to be used by Cambridge institutions in dealing with their solid waste; implement an environmental practices recognition program for Cambridge institutions.
Serve as an information link among City departments and constituencies concerned with Affirmative Action (AA) and fair labor/employment practices.
To create and preserve affordable housing opportunities in the City. The Trust is specifically charged with providing funds to assist non-profit housing organizations in creating new housing, preserving the affordability of existing housing and rehabilitating the City’s supply of multi-family housing.
Provide guidance and advice on enhancing the lives of the citizens of Cambridge through the arts; stimulate public awareness of the arts and of the development of ways to improve the aesthetic experience of living, working, playing and passing through the City.
Preserve, conserve and protect the distinctive features of the Avon Hill neighborhood through identification, conservation, and maintenance of its areas, sites and structures.
To improve conditions for bicyclists in the City of Cambridge, promote bicycling as a means of transportation, and enhance safety for bicyclists. The Committee reviews city plans for road construction, comments on relevant ordinances, organizes public events and works with other bicycle organizations at the state and national levels.
Establish full and fair cash value for all real estate and personal property. Make decisions on real estate exemptions, tax abatements and personal exemptions.
Inspects buildings that are in bad condition and recommends to the Building Department , whether the building should be demolished, repaired or in dangerous condition. Requests for a board of survey are usually made by the Building Commissioner.
To hear and decide appeals, applications for special permits, and appeals and petitions for variances from the terms of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance.
Establish policies, procedures and criteria to aid in the implementation of this chapter; determine the manner in which permit holders make reports or applications to the CBC and the type of information required in such reports or applications
Address all aspects of the health of the City and oversee operations of the Cambridge Public Health Commission (more commonly known as the Cambridge Health Alliance, which operates Cambridge, Somerville and Whidden Hospitals, and multiple health centers.
Provide housing for families or elderly persons of low income at rent which they can afford.
Engage in urban redevelopment projects and other activities provided for in the enabling legislation.
To review all major development proposals in the Central Square Overlay District. Provides a forum within which a wide range of perspectives on development can be heard.
To promote fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding in the community, and preserve and enhance Cambridge as a diverse and welcoming place to live, work, and visit.
This advisory committee was appointed by the City Manager to help the City carry out its climate protection plan and meet the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Commission works to maximize access to all aspects of Cambridge community life for individuals with disabilities, and strives to raise awareness of disability matters, to eliminate discrimination, and to promote equal opportunity for people with all types of disabilities – physical, mental and sensory.
Act as a centralizing force in the City which will deal with immigrant rights and citizenship issues providing information, referral, guidance, coordination, offering and providing technical assistance to other public agencies and private persons, organizations and institutions engaged in activities and programs intended to support immigrant rights and citizenship and eliminate prejudice and discrimination against immigrants because of their status as immigrants and non citizens.
To ensure the equal status of women in educational, economic, political, health, legal and social spheres; to design and implement programs that promote equality for women in the City; to recommend policy to all departments, divisions and agencies of the City, including the City Manager and City Council; to initiate, coordinate and monitor legislation; and to respond to incidents of discrimination against women.
To review the effectiveness of the City Living Wage Ordinance at creating and retaining Living Wage jobs, to make recommendations to the City Manager regarding the granting of Waivers to Covered Employees, to review the implementation and enforcement of the Ordinance, and to make recommendations in connection therewith.
Evaluate community preservation needs of the city and make recommendations regarding expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund, consistent with the CPA.
Administer the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. pursuant to 310 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 10.0.
Evaluate, coordinate, promote and encourage new and existing services and activities intended to enhance or improve the quality of life of older persons in the City; Survey resources available to Cambridge elderly and act as an information and referral source regarding services, benefits, activities and programs available to them; Act in an advisory capacity to the City Manager on all matters pertaining to the welfare of elderly Cambridge citizens; Be the primary public advocate for elderly Cambridge residents.