Cambridge Planning Commission


Cambridge Planning Commission logoIt shall be the function and duty of the Planning Commission to make and adopt plans for the physical development of the Municipality including any areas outside the boundaries of the Municipality which, in the Commission's judgment, bear relation to the planning of such Municipality.

The Planning Commission shall from time to time recommend to the appropriate public officials programs for public structures and improvements and for the financing thereof. It shall be part of its duties to consult and advise with public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional and other organizations and with citizens with relation to the protection of carrying out of the plan.


By city ordinance, the Cambridge Planning Commission comprises five members, appointed by the mayor. All members serve three-year terms without compensation and can hold no other municipal office.

The Planning Commission elects a chairman from its members and creates and fills such other offices as it determines a need. The term of the chairman is one year, after which he remains eligible for re-election. 


The Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month, in the city building. A two-thirds vote of the members of the Planning Commission is required to pass a recommendation regarding planning and zoning topics and projects to the City Council for consideration. The Commission reviews and makes recommendation to the Council regarding all building-permit applications, building or remodeling projects, and all zoning rules and regulations.


The City Council provides the funds, equipment and accommodations required for the work of the Planning Commission.