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

  • First-Time Homebuyer Lottery Opportunity - 1055 Cambridge Street

    There are 3 affordable condominiums available for sale at 1055 Cambridge Street. The Community Development Department will hold a lottery to select buyers for the available units.

  • Members Sought for City of Cambridge Planning Board (Application Deadline is 3-18-24)

    The Planning Board is a group of Cambridge residents who make recommendations and decisions about urban development on behalf of the City of Cambridge. The Planning Board has seven full members and two associate members. All members can participate in Planning Board discussions.

  • Fossil Fuel Free Demonstration Ordinance

    The City of Cambridge is working to adopt an ordinance that will require new buildings and buildings undergoing a major renovation to eliminate the use of fossil fuels. Making buildings fossil fuel free means healthier homes and buildings and will help Cambridge reach our climate goals.

  • Celebrate Small Businesses

    Cambridges celebrates National Small Business Month

  • Small Business Resource Fair

    Cambridge entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to connect with industry experts, financiers, mentors, and fellow business owners to help start or grow your business.

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