Office of Planning and Community Development

It is the mission of the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) to protect and enhance the quality of life in Melrose. To accomplish this mission OPCD provides long range planning, manages the capital improvement program, reviews and recommends changes in zoning, applies for and administers grants and community development programs and implements special projects. Additionally, OPCD supports the work of several Boards and Commissions in the City and reviews all major land use proposals, including subdivision plans and significant residential and commercial development proposals.

OPCD provides staff support to the following Boards and Commissions: Planning Board, Board of Appeals (ZBA), Historic District Commission, and Energy Commission.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Denise M. Gaffey Director and City Planner (781) 979-4190
Emma Schnur Senior Planner (781) 979-4193
Lori Massa Planning Coordinator (781) 979-4196
Martha Grover Energy Efficiency Manager (781) 979-4195