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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Community Development & Planning


Regional Mixed Use District Zoning Amendment
- Town Council Hearing - December 1, 2015, 6:30

Filippello Park Draft Plan & Meeting Notice
- Community Meeting, October 6, 2015

Design Guidelines - Residential Design in Process (neighborhood meetings Oct 20,26, & 29 and town-wide forum Nov 12)

2015 Comprehensive Plan - Adopted June 23, 2015

Open Space and Recreation Plan - Adopted April 20, 2015

New Fee Schedule - effective September 30, 2013

About Us:

The Department of Community Development and Planning (DCDP) was created by a vote of the Town Council in August 1982 providing a formal interrelationship with staff members. 

Mission Statement:

The Department of Community Development & Planning will perform short and long range planning for the community by using current methods to identify and implement community goals.  The Department will help to coordinate efforts of various boards and commissions to streamline processes and accomplish these goals.  The Department will also utilize the technical skills of department staff, exercise of appropriate regulatory control and the implementation of policies, program initiatives and services, which impact upon the community’s growth and development.  The Department will also continue to manage the premier function facility in the Town and thereby raise community awareness.

DCDP Divisions / Offices:

DCDP Boards and Commissions:

Recent Projects & Studies:


Steven Magoon
Ingrid Marchesano
Head Clerk 
Gideon Schreiber
Senior Planner

Andrea Adams
Senior Planner


149 Main St., 3rd Floor 
Watertown, MA 02472

Ph: (617) 972-6417
Fx: (617) 972-6484

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

*Summer Hours (Memorial Day thru Labor Day) the Administration Building is open until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and closes at 2:00 pm on Fridays.