Planning & Community Development

About the Department of Planning and Community Development

The Planning and Community Development Department includes three divisions namely, Planning, Conservation, and the Board of Appeals under a single Planning and Community Development budget.  The Department is tasked with protecting and advancing the quality of life in Needham through the application of sound land use planning principles and development review standards; facilitating informed land use decisions through community participation and a collaborative process; protecting and enhancing safe, livable neighborhoods which reflect and preserve Needham’s unique and historic character; supporting and encouraging healthy reinvestment in the community to provide for a strong local economy; and promoting smart planning and a sustainable future for generations to come.


Planning and Community Development Divisions & Boards


Design Review Board


Zoning Board of Appeals