Community Development


The Community Development Department is committed to improving Fitchburg's quality of life and enhancing its economic competitiveness by revitalizing neighborhoods, building community and strengthening the commercial sector. 

The Department is compromised of three divisions- Planning, Economic Development, and Housing & Development- and aims to achieve its mission by focusing on data-informed decision-making, collaboration, community engagement and strategic planning.


Developing long-term plans for the City's future (e.g. Vision 2020, Economic Development Strategic Vision)

Provide staffing supports for various boards and commissions (e.g. Planning Board, Conservation Commission)

Provide supports and technical assistance to existing businesses

Engaging in troubleshooting and outreach to prospective businesses

Facilitating the Neighborhood Improvement through Code Enforcement (N.I.C.E) Task Force, an interdepartmental effort focused on problem properties in Fitchburg

Administering capacity-building grants to City Departments and partner agencies

Administering programs to improve the quality of Fitchburg's housing stock (e.g. Lead paint, Homeowner Rehab, etc.)

Managing large community projects (e.g. Demolition, Rail Trails, etc.)

Supporting departmental and community-wide capacity-building through grant-writing

Public Hearing Reports

Liabilities to Assets is a pilot program that the Department of Housing and Community Development has created to help communities stabilize neighborhoods by re-developing deteriorated properties that are a blight to their neighborhood.  Fitchburg has partnered with NewVue Communities, Athol, Clinton, Gardner and Leominster to apply to this new program. The Program will support the purchase and rehabilitation of primarily one and two family properties vacant for at least 3 years at the time of development.  Homes would be sold to owner occupants at market rates.  A joint public hearing was held by the Planning Board and City Council on September 18, 2018.  Copies of the reports are here:

Planning Board Report

City Council Report

For additional information regarding the hearing, reports, or program, please contact Liz Murphy at 978-829-1897 or