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

The Community Development Department is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Our mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. We work to enhance the character and diversity of the city's neighborhoods, preserve and increase affordable housing, create and promote accessible and sustainable mobility, build environmental resilience, and support sustainable economic growth. Through these initiatives, we strive to enrich the lives of residents, expand their opportunities, and contribute to a healthy urban environment. CDD takes an interdisciplinary approach to manage and guide evolution of our urban environment in a manner consistent with the City’s priorities. We engage and collaborate with community partners, other government agencies, businesses and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate. Learn more about the Department.

Read about CDD's highlights from Fiscal Year 2019


News and Announcements

  • Housing Division Resources Continue to be Available

    CDD’s Housing Division continues to work with applicants looking for affordable rental and homeownership housing.

  • Frost Terrace Accepting Applications for Affordable Rental Units

    Rental applications for Frost Terrace will be accepted through January 15, 2021.

  • Housing Stabilization Program Funds Available

    The City of Cambridge COVID-19 Housing Stabilization Program serves to provide short term financial assistance to individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing housing instability due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Shop Cambridge

    This holiday season, the City is partnering with local businesses and business associations to encourage residents and visitors to shop local. Celebrate small businesses and shop in Cambridge on Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2020 and all season long.

  • Middle-Income Rental Program

    The Cambridge Community Development Department, Housing Division continues to accept applications to fill affordable units through its Middle-Income Rental Program.

  • River Street Reconstruction Virtual Open House Launched

    The City of Cambridge invites the public to visit the River Street Reconstruction Project Virtual Open House.

  • New Development Log Available

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

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