Office of Planning

Our Mission

The Planning/Permitting Group provides support to the various land use boards and commissions, while also assisting citizens and other members of the Community Development Department to understand land use regulations. The group is also involved in a number of small planning projects that address open space, historic preservation and development goals.

The primary responsibility of the Planning/Permitting Group is to support the various activities of the City's land use permitting bodies, including:

  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Planning Board
  • Conservation Commission
  • Prospect Hill Historic District Commission
  • Historical Commission
  • Lawrence Redevelopment Authority

Additionally, the Office of Planning is involved in the following activities and projects:

  • Technical Review Committee
  • Open Space Plan
  • Grant Writing
  • New/Revised City Ordinances

The Office of Planning also sells copies of the current zoning map and zoning ordinance book. The current prices are as follows:

  • Ordinance book: $20
  • Zoning map: $5

The Office of Planning accepts cashier's checks and money orders for the purchase of these items, no cash will be accepted.

Contact Information

Address:
225 Essex Street, 3rd floor
Lawrence, Massachusetts 01840

Telephone Phone:
(978) 620-3500

Fax:
(978) 722-9430


Office Staff:

Abel Vargas (AVargas@cityoflawrence.com)
Business Development Director

Anne-Marie Doherty (ADoherty@cityoflawrence.com)
Admin Assistant to Boards & Commissions
Telephone: (978) 620-3503

Daniel McCarthy (DMcCarthy@cityoflawrence.com)
Land Use Planner
Telephone: (978) 620-3505