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.


BASS RIVER NEIGHBORHOOD REZONING EFFORT

NEW  Public Meeting – January 19th (2017) at 6:30 pm NEW

The City of Beverly Planning Department would like to invite you to a public meeting where Planning staff will present a proposed zoning amendment for the Bass River neighborhood. The meeting will take place Thursday, January 19th (2017) starting a 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at Beverly City Hall, 191 Cabot Street. the Planning Department and City Administration have met with many stakeholders, and property owners in proximity to the target area, and worked with the Bass River Advisory Group to create a zoning amendment that meet the objectives of the Bass River Study and Beverly Master plan, and is responsive to comments received throughout the public outreach process.

Please join Planning staff to learn how the proposed zoning amendment seeks to create a vibrant transit oriented mixed-use neighborhood with improved public access to the Bass River waterfront.

Project Background & Documents

The City of Beverly Planning Department has been working over the past year to develop a zoning amendment for land along the Bass River adjacent to River Street. The rezoning effort derives from the Bass River Area Study conducted in 2013 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with the Planning Department. The Plan provides a vision for future development in the area that takes advantage of public transportation, incorporates a mix of land uses that will ultimately create new opportunities for economic activity, improved public waterfront access, and housing. One of the key recommendations for achieving that vision is to implement new zoning regulations for the area.

More information about the Bass River Area Study, including a full copy of the report, can be found on the Planning Department web page at http://www.beverlyma.gov/bass-river-area-study-fallwinter-2013/.

City Planning staff kicked-off the planning process for the Bass River Neighborhood zoning amendment at a meeting held on January 28th, 2016. During the meeting Planning staff reviewed the Bass River Study and discussed how it will inform the drafting of a new zoning district for the area and seek input from the public. Following is a link to power point presentation:  Bass River Kickoff Presentation

A map of the proposed zoning district can be found – Here –


COMMUNITY HOUSING PLAN

The City is preparing a Community Housing Plan to better understand the City of Beverly’s current and future housing needs. The plan will provide up-to-date information on local housing issues, identify priority housing needs, articulate a vision, and develop a strategy to provide a range of housing types that meet the needs of a wide variety of households.

  • NEW ONLINE SURVEY ON PREFERRED HOUSING STRATEGIES – 11/3/16
  • 2nd PUBLIC MEETING HELD 11/2/2016 – MATERIALS AVAILABLE
  • HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT COMPLETE AND AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

More information can be found here.


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