Past Plans and Processes

Cambridge Conversations

Cambridge Conversations was the precursor to the citywide comprehensive plan process. Before the community launched into a multi-year process, we held open ended discussions to exchange ideas, hear concerns, and think about the best way to set up a process for the plan. The City hired Kathryn Madden of the Madden Planning Group to help facilitate the Cambridge Conversations. Community input was gathered in a variety of ways:

  • Three community meetings were held on June 10, 11, and 14 in 2014. (Presentation on Sharepoint, “Cambridge Conversations” Folder)
  • Over 17 drop-in sessions were held at different times and locations across the city during May and June 2014.  
  • Thoughts and ideas were sent via email.
  • An online discussion was hosted by CoUrbanize. [View here.]

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

The City of Cambridge recently completed a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) which will serve as the technical foundation for the forthcoming Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience Plan. Learn more here and check out the documents below.

  • CCVA Executive Summary, November 2015 [pdf]
  • CCVA Final Draft, November 2015 [pdf]
  • Climate Change Projections and Scenario Development, November 2015 [pdf]

Kendall Square Central Square Planning Study

In 2011 – 2012, the City of Cambridge conducted a comprehensive planning study to develop a vision for Central Square, Kendall Square, and the area South of Main Street (including the Osborn Triangle) connecting the two squares. Learn about the study’s outcomes here or read the final documents below.

  • Kendall Square Final Report [pdf]
  • Central Square Final Report [pdf]

Concord-Alewife Plan

The Concord-Alewife Plan of 2006 instituted a new vision for the area, in order to encourage a mix of uses that over time will enliven the area, create an identity and sense of place, and take advantage of the area’s proximity to transit and to open space resources. Read the final plan here [pdf] and read more about the plan and its implementation here.