Community Development & Planning


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

Its three divisions:  Planning, Economic Development, and Housing & Development  aim to achieve this mission through 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 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

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