Salem City Hall
93 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
ph: 978-745-9595
Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD)
Contact TypeContact Information
, Director
, Deputy Director
, Assistant Community Development Director
120 Washington Street, 3rd Floor 
Salem ,MA 01970 
(978) 745-9595 x5685
(978) 740-0404
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DPCD Staff Directory
Deputy Director
Assistant Community Development Director
Budget Coordinator
Housing Coordinator
Community Development Planner
Senior Planner
Energy & Sustainability Manager
Economic Development Planner
Public Art Planner
Staff Planner
DPCD Administrative Assistant/Front Desk
DPCD General Information
Preserving our past, building our future

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) is responsible for a wide range of activities and duties, including economic development, land use planning, housing policy, transportation projects, historic preservation, open space conservation programs, and neighborhood improvement efforts. DPCD administers several programs to promote homeownership and economic development, including the Housing Rehabilitation Program, First Time Homebuyer Down-Payment Assistance Program, the Small Business Loan Program and Storefront Improvement Program. The Department conducts studies of important issues and long range planning opportunities in the City, and prepares plans and strategies for solving those problems. In addition, the department assists in the preparation of the City's long-term capital improvement plans.

DPCD coordinates the City's efforts with state agencies and regional planning commissions and it oversees the operation of the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Harbor Plan Implementation Committee, Artist’s Row, and the Salem Redevelopment Authority. The Department also administers the City's $1.1 million federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME Programs.

Some of our programs are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.  In the provision of our services, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability.