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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
SOLAR ORDINANCE – DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
The City of Beverly Planning Department has proposed a zoning amendment to regulate solar installations in Beverly. The primary goal of the amendment is to regulate and encourage the responsible development of both ground-mounted and roof-mounted solar installations. The proposed amendment provides different sets of regulations for large-scale, ground-mounted solar energy systems, small-scale, ground-mounted solar energy systems, and roof-mounted solar energy systems, including dimension and height requirements and performance standards.
Please follow this link to review the proposed zoning amendment:
Please contact Emily Hutchings in the Beverly Planning Department with questions about the proposed amendment.
CULTURAL HERITAGE PROPERTIES – DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT
Mayor Michael Cahill, City Councilor Scott Houseman, and the City of Beverly Planning Department will hold a public meeting to provide an overview of a draft zoning amendment that seeks to create a path to preserve historic structures, and in the process, offers additional housing options in the City. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 PM, and will be held at the Council Chambers in City Hall (191 Cabot Street).
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:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.