The Cambridge Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for:
* Land Use Management
* Present & future Planning
* Unified Development Code Enforcement
* Design Standards for Neighborhood Compatibility
* Chesapeake Bay Critical Area
* Forest Conservation Act information
* Flood Plain Management information
* Assistance with Intra-department of Historic Preservation
Staff provides assistance and technical support to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Historic Preservation Commission. This Department works closely with other city departments in administering the State's Community Legacy and CDBG grant programs.
Why a rezoning process?
The City of Cambridge recently completed a major update of its Comprehensive Plan. In order to implement that plan, a comprehensive rezoning process has been initiated to align the Comprehensive Plan's Goals with an updated Zoning Ordinance. The new draft Zoning Ordinance is referred to as the "Draft Unified Development Code" or D-UDC. The current zoning ordinance was adopted in 2003. The City is currently processing and identifying necessary updates and modifications to the D-UDC language, policies, and procedures. "Click Here" to view, print &/or download a copy of the D-UDC.
The City of Cambridge began the process of updating the 1996 Comprehensive Plan in 2008. In February 2011, after more than 30 public meetings and workshops, the City of Cambridge Commissioners approved Ordinance #1008, inclusive of Exhibit A, to formally adopt the City's new Comprehensive Plan. The new plan which sets forth a series of goals for the future prosperity of Cambridge, will help guide future growth and development of Cambridge while ensuring that these changes happen in an environmentally sustainable manner.
Commission and Board Meeting Schedule's
Historic Preservation Commission FY 2012-13 Schedule
Planning and Zoning Commission FY 2012-13 Schedule
Board of Zoning Appeals FY 2012-13 Schedule
****All meetings are held at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay Street and are open to the public.
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