Planning & Sustainability

Planning & Sustainability Mission:

Identify and implement the community vision for a sustainable and resilient future with a healthy and equitable economy, environment. 

  • planning | resiliency | sustainability | equity | economic prosperity
  • participatory visioning | comprehensive planning | strategic planning
  • place-making |  conservation-environment | history | sustainable transportation
  • zoning | GIS | historic | design and architecture | agriculture and food
  • housing | community development | community preservation  

Planning & Sustainability News:

For board agendas, visit our Notify Me module.

Northampton is now a LEED Certified City (formerly 5-STAR city for top tier of sustainability).


"This small city offers more restaurants and shops, certainly more galleries, theaters and performance venues than most urban centers dozens of times its size. Add two rivers, mountain views, landscaped parks and meadow walks, and you begin to see why people call it paradise." -The Boston Globe

"Northampton combines the cultural breadth of a major metropolis ... with the low-key sensibility of a small borough." -National Geographic Adventure

"liberal enclave with rural roots" Top Retirement Hot Spot -AARP Magazine and CNBC (2010)