The mission of the Needham Planning Department is to provide technical and administrative support to the Needham Planning Board and various Boards and Commissions to implement the community's long-term vision for Needham. The Planning Department is responsible for advance planning, development review, public information, and development compliance as permitted and conditioned by the Planning Board.
The Planning Department strives to inform, educate and assist decision-making bodies and the public in all elements of land use planning and permitting. The Department recognizes the diverse and competing interests within the community and the necessity to consider and incorporate these interests within the planning process by encouraging and facilitating participation. The Planning Department acknowledges land use planning as a community-driven process and the continuing need to promote open communication with the community. The Department strives to actively promote community participation, interaction and dialogue throughout the planning and permitting process.