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 comprIsed 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