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 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, deleading projects, and first time homebuyer assistance, among others.


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.


Information can be found here.


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


The City of Beverly Planning Department hosted a public meeting to kick-off the public process to rezone a portion of the area between River Street and the Bass River on January 28.

The rezoning effort derives from the Bass River Area Study conducted in 2013 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with the Beverly Planning Department. The Plan provides a vision for future development in the area as transit oriented incorporating a mix of land uses ultimately creating new opportunities for economic activity, 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

During the meeting held on January 28th City 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

2015 Open Space and Recreation Plan Public Meeting

The City of Beverly Planning Department held a public meeting in partnership with the Open Space and Recreation Committee on January 7, 2015 to gather input from residents on future planning for the City’s open spaces and recreational areas.  This is a great opportunity for residents to engage in helping to make their community a better place to live, work and play.

2015 Open Space and Recreation Plan Public Survey

Please click on the link below and take a few minutes to fill out a survey to let us know your thoughts on Beverly’s natural and cultural resources and where you believe the City should focus its efforts in maintaining, improving and/or expanding these areas.  Your input is greatly appreciated!

Beverly Harbor Planning Process – click HERE