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 Affordable Housing Trust, 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. The Department also includes the Community Development Office which administers grant funds for housing rehabilitation, and programming to support affordable housing.
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… Click here to read more about PlanBeverly
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and per Governor Baker’s emergency order, the Planning Department and the respective boards and commissions overseen by the department have established revised permit application procedures. Click here to download the revised procedures