Transportation Planning Division
To provide the necessary guidance and vision to make transportation access within the City of Everett and to its surrounding communities safe, efficient and accessible for all residents.
In its efforts to improve transportation in the City, the Transportation Planning Division is undertaking various planning initiatives that result in both policy recommendations and also physical infrastructure improvements to our streets, paths and transit network.
Department of Planning & Development
Everett, MA 02149
Monday & Thursday, 8am to 7:30pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 8am to 5pm
Included in the Transportation Planning Division initiatives:
Everett’s roadways carry not only private vehicles, but pedestrians, school children, cyclists and transit vehicles. The Transportation Planning Division aims to improve traffic flow and efficiency while also improving safety and access to residents who choose alternate modes of transportation. The City’s recently begun Complete Streets initiative is developing new guidelines and standards for street reconstruction projects that work to achieve these goals. The Division also evaluates development proposals to assess their impacts to traffic and develop any necessary mitigation measures.
Bicycles and Pedestrians
The City’s pedestrian and bicycle network is critical to providing transportation access to all residents, particularly those who are unable or choose not to travel by private vehicle. The recently completed Northern Strand Bike Path and bike lanes on lower Broadway are two examples of planning initiatives resulting in major improvements for pedestrians and cyclists in the City. Ongoing and future initiatives include pedestrian and bicycle improvements to local intersections and expansion of the trail network to the Mystic River as part of the Wynn project.
Eight MBTA transit lines serve the City and rank as some of the busiest bus routes on the MBTA system. Improving transit connections within the City and to downtown Boston is a top priority. Beginning in fall 2015, the City will be partnering with MassDOT to conduct a transit needs study that will develop short term and long term improvements to the existing transit network, as well as explore the feasibility of new rapid transit connections.
Everett is a member of the Inner Core group of communities in the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Additionally, the City holds one of two “at-large” seats on the MPO board which plays a key role in planning, and distributing federal funds for transportation projects in the region. Through its involvement in the regional planning process, the City has been awarded funding for the reconstruction of Ferry Street and pedestrian improvements near the Madeline English School and will continue to explore additional funding opportunities for transportation infrastructure.
The Everett Conservation Commission is a five member board which oversees the protection of wetlands and other water bodies in the city.
Everett Community Food Assessment & Plan
This Plan assesses the strengths and weaknesses of Everett’s food system and is meant to compel and guide action by municipal officials and staff, allied community organizations and their members, and all Everett residents for whom public health and equity is a priority.
Everett Riverfront Vision Plan
The City of Everett has been working with Shadley Associates on the Everett Riverfront Vision Plan. This plan is a follow-up to the 2017 Malden River Greenway Vision Plan completed by the Mystic River Watershed Association with the cities of Everett, Malden and Medford and Friends of the Malden River. The City of Everett would like your feedback about the Vision Plan and about overall public engagement.
Everett Roadway Safety Action Plan
In September 2022, the Mayor set a goal to end traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. To take steps to achieve this goal, the City of Everett has created this Safety Action Plan to provide information and direction on strategies and treatments most likely to improve roadway safety performance within the city.
Geographic Information Systems
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) main goal is to make geographic information readily available in order to improve the efficiency of municipal services.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
The City of Everett is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The primary purpose of the HMP Plan Update is to help the City and community better prepare for natural disasters. A draft of the HMP 2021 Plan Update is now available for review and public comment. Please submit public comments to Tom Philbin – City of Everett Conservation Agent at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 PM on Monday, August 2, 2021.
The Planning Board is a five member body whose duties include regulating the subdivision of land, reviewing and making recommendations on zoning changes, creating and updating the City’s Master Plan, approving (or disapproving) applications for certain kinds of Special Permits and approving (or disapproving) applications for Site Plan Review.
Documents, forms, and applications that pertain to the Department of Planning and Development.