Community Development & Planning


The mission of the Department of Community Development and Planning is to support positive change by:
  • Improving housing conditions
  • Improving public facilities
  • Planning and managing sustainable growth
  • Promoting economic development
  • Protecting and enhancing both the natural and built environment


To achieve this mission, the Department:
  • Coordinates efforts with other City Departments
  • Partners with local and regional not-for-profit organizations
  • Provides professional and administrative support to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission and Gardner Redevelopment Authority
  • Seeks funding from federal, state and private sources to address community needs

Other Goals

The Department strives to provide friendly and efficient public service.