Community Development Department
Community Development Overview
In 2009 alone the Community Development Department acquired over $2.6 million in grant funds. In 2010 we applied for and received approval for $250,000 and will seek an additonal $2.5 million. In addition to Community Development projects the Community Development Department provides management oversight for the Health, Building and Planning Divisions and technical expertise and services to the community to plan, manage and coordinate the natural, constructed, and economic environment of Salem in order to provide a better quality of life for its citizens. The office is staffed by two positions: William J. Scott, Community Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Donna Mae D'Agata, Administrative Assistant.
Current year projects overview
The department will begin the ITS project implementation as the coordination with utility departments is nearing completion. The Depot Intersection project is moving through the Committee phase after extensive meetings with abutters. The focus has been a redevelopment approach that will create new traffic routes and provide opportunities for new development. Projects such as the Salem to Concord Bikeway are moving through a grant process in the spring of 2010. Our goal for 2010 is to move projects toward implementation and continue to seek additional funding opportunities for projects in the planning stages.
Out-year projects overview
The key approach by the Community Development Office is a balance of three steps; strategic planning, funding opportunities and implementation. The office will be wrapping up projects currently in implementation, seeking funding for those which are completing planning and planning for those which are slated for the future.