Planning & Development

The Director of Planning & Development  is the head of the Planning & Development Department. The Planning & Development Department is responsible for the administration of all planning activities in the City.

The Planning & Development Department is responsible for the following:

  • Coordinate planning functions for the City.
  • Serve as staff to the Planning Board and help property owners and developers navigate the Planning Board review process.
  • Organize, direct and coordinate the gathering and analysis of social, economic and engineering data necessary or useful in the conduct of planning and developmental activities.

What is planning?

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.

Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives.

Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change. Want to know more? Check out the American Planning Association's page on what planning is, who planners are, and what planners do.

General Information
City Planner
Ben Averill
Administrative Assistant
Debby Labrecque
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
55 Front Street

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 12:00PM, 1:00PM - 4:30 PM