Planning & Sustainability

Planning & Sustainability Mission:
Identify and implement the community vision for a sustainable and resilient future with a healthy and equitable economy, environment, community, & transportation network:

  • Participatory visioning and comprehensive and strategic planning.
  • Sense of place and community, including conserving natural and built environment, historic preservation, multi-modal transportation, economic prosperity, and social justice.
  • Planning | Resiliency | Conservation | Place-Making | Sustainable Transportation
  • Zoning | GIS | historic | CB architecture | agriculture and food.

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The City has released the penultimate draft Open Space, Recreation, and Multi-Use Trail Plan (2018-2025)

The City has kicked off its Climate Resiliency & Regeneration planning process.  Subscribe to our newsletter for updates and for opportunities to be involved.

Northampton the nation's first 5-STAR Community at the 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)

Triple logo 2016