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.


News and Announcements

  • Building Energy Benchmarking Workshop

    If you are an owner, trustee, or property manager of a residential building with 50 or more units or a non-residential building with 50,000 square feet or more in Cambridge, there are new energy use reporting requirements that may apply to your property. These properties are required to report their 2014 energy and water use to the City of Cambridge by May 1, 2015 using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool.

  • Off Leash Dogs in City Parks

    A City Manager-appointed working group has developed recommendations for improving access to off leash areas for residents of Cambridge

  • Harvard Square Advisory Committee Seeks Members

    The City of Cambridge is currently seeking letters of interest from Riverside, Neighborhood 10, Neighborhood Nine, Agassiz and Mid-Cambridge residents and the Harvard Square Business community who would like to serve on the Harvard Square Advisory Committee.

  • Planning Board Process Discussion

    During the later part of 2014 CDD held a series of focus group discussions with various stakeholders involved in the Planning Board process.

  • 2014 Town Gown Presentations at the Planning Board

    On February 3, 2015 at 7:00 P. M. the regular Planning Board meeting will include the 2014 Town Gown presentations from Harvard University, MIT and Lesley University.

  • New Business Development Workshops

    Check out our upcoming 2015 business development workshops.

  • Housing Information Session February 9

    Come to an informal session to learn about the City's Affordable Rental and Homeownership Programs on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the North Cambridge Senior Center.

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