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The primary function of the Planning Department is to manage the regulatory process for development proposals submitted to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals under the Easthampton Zoning Ordinance (PDF) and the Subdivision Control Law (PDF). As part of that process, the Planning Department evaluates development proposals for their contribution towards community planning goals as documented in the current Easthampton Master Plan (PDF), and to assess their impacts on the community. The Planning Department meets with neighbors and developers, coordinates the departmental review and administration of the proposals, schedules public hearings, drafts decisions, and manages performance guarantees for the completion of approved projects.

The Planning Department also oversees several grant programs including the City's Community Development Block Grants. 

Administrative Support to Boards & Commissions

In addition, the Department provides administrative support to the:

  1. COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program

    Are you or someone you know behind on your rent due to COVID-19??? Grants up to $3,000 are available for eligible Easthampton renters experiencing an income hardship due to COVID-19. To apply, call Community Action Pioneer Valley at 413-475-1570 More information
  2. COVID-19 Microenterprise Business Assistance Grant

    Grants up to $25,000 for local small businesses affected by COVID-19. Valley Community Development Corporation will be administrating the application and selection process. More information
  3. Planning Department COVID-19 Information

    The Planning Department is now accepting new applications for projects to the Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Conservation Commission pursuant to these procedures (PDF). Public Hearing Procedures (PDF)
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