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 FY15.


News and Announcements

  • Cambridge Awarded Prestigious 5-STAR Community Rating

    In March 2016, Cambridge received a 5-Star rating from STAR Communities, a national non-profit organization that recognizes and certifies sustainable communities. The city also set a new national standard as the highest scoring community to date.

  • Inclusionary Housing Study Completed

    The Cambridge Inclusionary Housing study examines the city’s inclusionary housing program and recommend changes to inclusionary housing provisions in the city’s Zoning Ordinance.

  • Sunny Cambridge Launches

    The City of Cambridge today announced the launch of Sunny Cambridge, a program that provides residents with access to online tools and resources for making smarter decisions about solar.

  • Cambridge Celebrates Bike Month in Style

    Come celebrate Bike Month with Cambridge at dozens of events!

  • Startups for Small Businesses Event

    The City of Cambridge and Cambridge Local First will be hosting a meet and greet for startups and small businesses on May 11, 2016. Learn how you can participate!

  • FY2017 Action Plan

    The City of Cambridge’s FY2017 Action Plan describes how the City plans to utilize funds received from HUD through the CDBG, HOME and ESG programs.

  • Planning Board Rule Change

    At its meeting on March 22, 2016, the Planning Board amended their rules to require more robust community engagement for large development projects.

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