Planning Department

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 Cynthia McPherson at cmcpherson@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:


BEVERLY COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLAN

In April 2019, the City began the process of developing a new Comprehensive Master Plan for Beverly. This is expected to be a year-long process with ample opportunities for public input and engagement.

 

Stay up to date at: http://plan.beverlyma.gov/ or by following the Facebook page


CITY OF BEVERLY’S ZONING FOR MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS and SCREENING FORM FOR PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENTS

On January 9, 2019, zoning regulations for marijuana establishments were finalized in the City of Beverly.  The final set of amendments can be seen here.

A map describing the proposed zoning for marijuana establishments can be seen here.  Please note that this map is for informational purposes only and is not an official City zoning map. This map and other maps showing zoomed-in portions of the city can be viewed at City Hall, Conference Room A (third floor, next to the Planning Department).

The City of Beverly is now accepting proposals for marijuana establishments.  Any persons and/or entities seeking to enter into a Host Community Agreement with the City of Beverly should first complete this screening form and submit the screening form and proposals to the Beverly Planning Department.


Affordable Housing Lottery

MCO Housing Services provides affordable housing opportunity at 461 Rantoul Street six 3-bedroom apartments available. Click here for flyer. Click here for additional information and lottery application.


BEVERLY ARTS DISTRICT 2.0 PLAN

Since launching the Beverly Arts District in 2015, downtown Cabot Street has continued to grow as a hub of creative activity in Beverly and achieved many of the goals in its original plan. In 2018, the three partners in the Beverly Arts District – Beverly Main Streets, Monsterrat College of Art, and the City of Beverly – came together to identify the next steps for the Cultural District and arts and culture throughout in the City. Technical support was provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Arts & Culture Division.

This plan recognizes that along with consistent support and coordination among partners and cultural enterprises, identifying a sustained funding stream, which may come from multiple sources, will be necessary to build successfully on recent progress. This progress includes promotion of the Beverly Arts District and cultural enterprises throughout Beverly as well as growth among creative activities, public art, placemaking efforts, and a growing value placed on arts and culture throughout the City. The first year of implementation will focus on identifying a successful administrative structure and partner roles, prioritizing core activities to administer and carry out the plan, identifying funding streams, and determining how to best utilize those funds to support actions.

The final plan can be found here: Beverly Arts District Implementation Plan


2018  CREATING A BEVERLY HARBOR AND WATERFRONT PLAN

Recently, the City has worked proactively to encourage appropriate development along the Beverly harbor front that allows mixed-uses while supporting water dependent uses, and improved public access while respecting the character of surrounding neighborhoods.  The creation of a Harbor/Waterfront plan is the next step in taking a comprehensive look at how the Beverly harbor and Bass River should be developed.  The plan  will adopt a cohesive approach resulting in a clear vision for development that creates a vibrant and active waterfront while providing improved public access and enjoyment of both the harbor and Bass River.   Please click here for additional information regarding this planning process.

Additional materials from this planning effort can be found here.

The previously approved Beverly Harbor Management Plan (2003) can be found at the following link – Beverly Harbor Management Plan.

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CULTURAL HERITAGE PROPERTIES – DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

The City of Beverly Planning Department is in the process of revising the draft zoning amendment that seeks to create a path to preserve historic structures, and, in the process, offer additional housing options in the City.  The Planning Department is taking into account discussion points brought up at the public meeting in March, and anticipates having a revised draft ordinance ready for additional review in October, 2018.

The primary goal of the amendment is to establish regulations that would help preserve historic residential buildings, structures and where possible historic landscape features that are part of a historic estate. The draft regulations also contemplate a process that allows adaptive reuse of historic non-residential buildings as well. Consistent with the City of Beverly Comprehensive Plan, the draft regulations will also create additional opportunities to provide much needed housing units that maintain the character of the City’s neighborhoods

Please follow this link to review a summary narrative of the proposed zoning amendment:

Cultural Properties Summary


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.

On September 28, 2017, at the Briscoe Middle School Auditorium, City staff reviewed the Downtown Parking Strategy and presented the implementation plan and timeline. This was 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.


HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEYS

The Beverly Planning Department has recently updated our Historic Surveys page, making them more accessible to the public.  The surveys, completed in 2016, describe approximately 125 properties, including municipally-owned buildings, landscapes, churches and institutional buildings, parks, and neighborhoods.  These documents expand our understanding of Beverly’s history and help us preserve and enhance the quality of our neighborhoods and commercial areas.

Please click here to access the surveys.


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.


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 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


2015 BEVERLY HARBOR REZONING PROCESS

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


BEVERLY ARTS DISTRICT (CULTURAL DISTRICT)

In 2015, the Massachusetts Cultural Council approved the establishment of a cultural district in Beverly – named the Beverly Arts District. The report leading up to this designation can be found at this link: Beverly Cultural District Report July 2013.