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.


News and Announcements

  • Attend the Cambridge Disparity Study Information Session

    Learn more at this meeting about the new Cambridge Disparity Study, a tool to identify opportunities for minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses interested in doing business with the City.

  • MBTA Bus Routes May Change--Take the Cambridge Bus Questionnaire

    The City of Cambridge wants to hear your thoughts about the MBTA’s proposal for a new bus network for Greater Boston. Our seven-minute survey is open for people who live, work, study, or visit Cambridge. We want to hear your thoughts about the MBTA’s proposal and know what buses you ride today. Your feedback will help the City advocate for changes to the proposal.

  • Take the Transportation and Parking Survey

    This five-minute survey is open to everyone who lives, works, studies, or shops in Cambridge. We would like to hear from people about their experiences with transportation and parking in the city to help us understand what Cambridge’s mobility needs are and propose updates to parking regulations.

  • Gather Around: Public Patios Enliven Inman Square

    The City of Cambridge installed two public patios on Cambridge Street and is exploring additional locations

  • Envision Cambridge Dashboard Available

    Envision Cambridge is a roadmap to a sustainable, inclusive, and connected Cambridge focused around six planning topics: climate, housing, economy, mobility, urban form, and community wellbeing.

  • Our Cambridge Street Public Events

    News updates for upcoming Our Cambridge Street events on May 6th and May 7th

  • Cambridge Kids Draw Dream Parks

    We are planning for the future of parks and open spaces in Cambridge. In April and May, the planning team is hosting a series of online and in-park visioning activities to hear about your ideal future parks and open spaces.

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