Planning

The Department of Planning and Development is responsible for coordinating all of the planning and development-related activities of the City including land use and master planning, economic development, open space conservation and historic preservation. The Department oversees the work of the Conservation Commission, Design Review Board, Economic and Community Development Council, Historic District Commission, Open Space and Recreation Committee, Parking and Traffic Commission, Community Preservation Committee and Planning Board.

Please email Phyllis Kennedy at pkennedy@beverlyma.gov to receive electronic copies of the agendas.  Your email should specify the committee you would like an agenda for.  The Department also includes the Community Development Office which administers grant funds for housing rehabilitation, and programming to support affordable housing.

A summary of current and recent planning efforts can be found below:


DOWNTOWN PARKING STRATEGY

The City of Beverly worked with the transportation planning firm Nelson/Nygaard to develop a comprehensive downtown parking strategy. Through data collection, statistical analysis, and information gathered through public meetings and stakeholder interviews Nelson/Nygaard has prepared a draft set of recommendations to assist the City in improving access to parking in downtown Beverly.

The City hosted a public meeting February 2nd at the City Hall Council Chambers. Follow this link to review the presentation. The final Beverly Parking Strategy is now available.

Join the City as it holds a public meeting September 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM to review the Downtown Parking Strategy and present the implementation plan and timeline. The meeting, held at the Briscoe Middle School Auditorium, is an opportunity for all stakeholders utilizing public parking spaces downtown (business/ property owners, employees working downtown, residents, and commuters) to learn more about the Beverly Parking Strategy and how its implementation will help improve management of, and access, to public parking spaces.


40R SMART GROWTH OVERLAY DISTRICT

The Beverly Planning Department has submitted a proposed zoning amendment to create a 40R Smart Growth Overlay Zoning district at 108 Sohier Road. The proposed overlay district is consistent with the recently completed Comprehensive Housing Plan and will facilitate the creation of much needed affordable housing while taking advantage of funding incentives from the Commonwealth. By adopting the 40R Smart Growth District the City will be eligible to receive an estimated $300,000 in incentive and bonus payments for a development project located in the proposed district. The City will also be eligible for 40S funding assistance for additional costs borne by the school district due to children living in the district that attend the Beverly School District.

The City Council has scheduled a joint public hearing to consider the proposed zoning amendment on Monday, November 20 at the City Hall Council Chamber (191 Cabot Street ), and starting at 7:30 p.m.

The following link provides access to the proposed zoning amendment language: Proposed Smart Growth Overlay District.

The following link provides access to a presentation made during a public hearing held March 2, 2017 where Planning staff introduced the 40R Smart Growth concept and draft proposal – Beverly 40R Presentation.


COASTAL RESILIENCY STUDY

The City of Beverly received a $89,981 grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to identify potential impacts of sea level rise due to climate change and sea level rise and develop a resiliency strategy to begin address these potential impacts, particularly on critical infrastructure.

The final public meeting was held on June 10, 2017 and the final plan has been completed and is available to view. The Planning Department would like to thank all of the volunteers and community members who participated in this process.

Visit this page for more information about the planning process, review all three public presentations, and the final plan document.


BASS RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD REZONING EFFORT

The City of Beverly Planning Department presented a draft zoning amendment for the Bass River neighborhood at a public meeting held on January 19, 2017.  The proposed Bass River Neighborhood zoning amendment seeks to create a vibrant transit oriented mixed-use neighborhood with improved public access to the Bass River waterfront. Visit the Bass River Rezoning Page to find the presentation and link to the BevCam video of the meeting.

The Planning Department has been working over the past year to develop this zoning amendment for land along the Bass River adjacent to River Street, after a kick-off meeting held on January 28, 2016. This process was envisioned in the Bass River District Vision + Action Plan (2014). The Bass River Rezone link below provides additional background information.


COMMUNITY HOUSING PLAN

In 2016-17, the City engaged a housing consultant to create a Community Housing Plan to help us better understand Beverly’s current and future housing needs. The plan provides up-to-date information on local housing issues, identifies priority housing needs, articulates a vision, and develops a strategy to provide a range of housing types that meet the needs of a wide variety of households.

The Community Housing Plan has been finalized and can be found at this link, in as wells as presentations and other materials related to the plan.


CABOT/DODGE/COUNTY INTERSECTION TRAFFIC CALMING STUDY

The City of Beverly held a meeting on April 7 for a traffic calming study around the area of Henry’s intersection. Following is a link to the power point presentation:  Traffic Calming Study: Dodge/Cabot/County


BEVERLY HARBOR PLANNING PROCESS

Click here for more information on the completed rezoning process for the Beverly Harbor Area.