Current Projects

Community Development Plan Update
Under the direction of the Planning Board, Department of Planning and Community Development, and the Community Development Plan Steering Committee, the Town is updating its 2003 Community Development Plan. Please contact the Planning Office with questions or comments and stay tuned for more information. Visit the Ipswich Community Development Plan Link to the left for more information.

Phase 1 Materials (please note that these materials are designed to be the foundation for Phase 2 of the CDP and therefore they are being considered a work in progress)

Needs Assessment + Appendices (large file, make take a few moments to open)

173-178 Linebrook Road Open Space Preservation Zoning Development (for detailed information please contact the Planning Department)

Other Projects

Complete Streets Prioritization Plan
The Planning Division is contributing to a Complete Streets Prioritization planning effort.
On June 4, 2018 the Select Board adopted a Complete Streets Policy.
For more information about Complete Streets visit MA DOT's website or contact Ethan Parsons in the Planning Division at or 978-356-6607 x2.

Ipswich Mills Dam Removal Feasibility Study
FAQ and Summer 2016 Activities Description
ICAM video about the project:

Massachusetts Environmental Trust Support of Dam Removal Feasibility Study
During September of 2017 the Massachusetts Environmental Trust gave the Town a financial boost toward this project with a $25,000 grant. This funding enabled the Town to further the Dam Removal Feasibility Study. Conceptual designs, renderings and cost estimates of the dam-out scenario are available in the Dam Removal Feasibility Study above. These will aid the Town in its consideration of removing the dam.

Supporting the environmental programs funded by the Trust is easy: choose one of three environmental plates, the Right Whale & Roseate Terns, the Leaping Brook Trout or the Blackstone Valley Mill when you purchase or lease a new car or renew your registration with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Visit your local Registry of Motor Vehicles to order a plate online at or You can also visit the Trust program at to learn more about the Trust, the programs is supports, and the specialty license plate offerings.

MET plate photo