Engagement Strategies

In order for the plan to truly represent Cambridge, we need to hear from you about your interests and priorities for the future. An inclusive and wide-reaching engagement program offers many ways to have your voice heard. 

Mobile Engagement Station

The Mobile Engagement Station is a large, interactive table shaped like the City of Cambridge. On its surface is a printed map that community members can write or draw on with markers to give feedback on places in the city, and also features a 3D model showing the buildings in the city. View the schedule of upcoming mobile engagement station locations.

Street Team

The Street Team is out and about the streets of Cambridge administering surveys and ready to answer any question you may have about the plan.

Envision Cambridge Newspaper

Featuring maps, data, history, fun facts, portraits of public spaces, and interviews with community members, the Envision Cambridge Newspaper provides updates on the planning process, highlights planning and policy issues, and offers in-depth stories about our community.

Panel Discussions

Our panel discussions allow for in-depth public conversations between community members, the consultant team, and planning experts.

Public Workshops

Envision Cambridge will host several public workshops throughout the planning process to learn from the community on citywide topics.

Community Engagement Team

We are working with the City’s Community Engagement Team (CET) to reach underserved Cambridge families through focus groups and surveys. The CET’s outreach workers are community members from the American-born Black, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Ethiopian, Haitian, Somali, Spanish and Arabic speaking communities.


Both online and paper surveys are used to get feedback on the plan.

Focus Groups

Envision Cambridge will be holding focus groups in order to engage with hard-to-reach groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, linguistic minorities, millennials, youth, and seniors.

Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee and Working Groups

The Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee will be a sounding board for planning concepts, help set priorities for the plan, and help establish a feedback loop between the City, the consultant team, and Cambridge residents, businesses, and institutions. The committee will consist of residents, property owners, and representatives of local businesses and institutions.

The Envision Alewife Working Group will help guide the Alewife district study and develop comprehensive and actionable recommendations for the area.

The Engagement & Communications Working Group is a topic-focused group that will provide guidance and advice on how the citywide plan can best engage the entire community and ensure that dialogue is representative of the city’s diversity.

The Housing, Climate and Environment, Economic Development, and Transportation Working Groups will be tasked with developing topic-specific recommendations towards goals identified during the planning process.

View a listing of advisory committee members and upcoming meeting dates.