Planning Initiatives

Elm Park LHD

At their September 26, 2023 meeting, upon the recommendation of the Worcester Historical Commission, the Worcester City Council voted unanimously to ordain the Elm Park Neighborhood Local Historic District. The vote followed a two-and-a-half year long study of the area as prescribed by MGL Chapter 40C, which included historical research, photography and an open dialog with neighborhood residents, property owners and the public at large.

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Worcester Now | Worcester Next Citywide Plan

The City of Worcester is developing a citywide long-range plan (aka Master Plan) in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 41 section 81D. Worcester Now | Next does not replace other planning efforts, but instead will build upon and coordinate such planning efforts by establishing a common planning framework. The final Worcester Now | Next plan will help guide decisions regarding policies, regulations, programs, infrastructure and other aspects related to the physical development of the community. Learn more about Worcester Now | Worcester Next plan.

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Temporary Outdoor Dining Program

To provide safer dining options for residents and support the restaurant community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Worcester has implemented a Temporary Outdoor Dining Program. The Temporary Outdoor Dining program establishes an expedited permitting process through which restaurants are able to offer expanded outdoor dining options.

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Marijuana Regulations

Information concerning municipal regulation of marijuana-related uses, in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws.

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Local Historic District Preliminary Study Reports

The Worcester Historical Commission, under MGL Chapter 40C, has voted to study the possible creation of a local historic district (LHD) for each of the following properties and neighborhoods:

  • Ransom C. Taylor Estate - 36 Butler Street
  • Liberty Farm - 116 Mower Street
  • Robert Hutchings Goddard Birthplace - 1 Tallawanda Drive
  • Hammond Heights Neighborhood

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