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CDD is open to the public, by appointment only, Monday through Thursday. Appointments are available for housing, zoning, business and entrepreneurship, Cambridge Energy Alliance, or other general planning matters. If you need to meet with a specific person, please contact them directly to schedule an appointment. Appointment requests by phone or email are strongly encouraged to ensure you are connected with the appropriate staff. Housing appointments can be made online, by phone at 617-349-4622 or by email at Appointments for all other CDD matters can be made online, by phone at 617-349-4600 or by email at

Community Development

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The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. CDD includes five programmatic divisions - Community Planning, Economic Development, Environmental and Transportation Planning, Housing, and Zoning and Development - that work to enhance the character and diversity of the city's neighborhoods, preserve and create affordable housing, promote accessible and sustainable mobility, build environmental resilience, and foster economic vitality. 

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