Economic Development/Planning

The Department of Community and Economic Development promotes quality of life and economic opportunity by facilitating a livable Bridgewater that is at once vibrant yet resilient. In so doing, the Department of Community and Economic Development partners with enterprise, citizens and local institutions thereby assuring an open public discourse towards achieving economic vitality, housing opportunities, safe and efficient transportation systems, and resource protection.

Considering Town of Bridgewater for business relocation or expansion? Bridgewater is open for Business! The Town of Bridgewater affords great space and sites that run the gamut from downtown storefronts to greenfield industrial, and everything between. We are pleased to be home to Bridgewater State University, a major public university enrolling nearly 11,000 students. Welcome to the Town of Bridgewater!  When you're here, you're home.

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NEW!Economic Development Department Procedures

To help residents and interested parties better understand how the Economic Development and Planning Offices function, below are some general procedures  which the staff follow on a daily basis:

  • The Planning Board maintains a schedule of deadlines which applicants must adhere to for their applications.
  • Meeting agendas are posted no later than the Friday preceding the next Planning Board meeting.
  • Notices of upcoming meetings and hearings are sent to all required departments at least one week prior to a scheduled Planning Board meeting whenever possible.
  • All documents, (including decisions, minutes, notices, etc) are reviewed by the Community & Economic Development Director and/or the Town Engineer prior to distribution.
  • Planning Board applications will not be considered complete unless they have been reviewed and approved by the Community & Economic Development Director and/or the Town Engineer.
  • All approved decisions are sent electronically to the Building Department and the Board of Health.

What's New? 

  • On Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 6:30 PM there will be an open public discussion regarding proposed recodification and updates to the Bridgewater Zoning Ordinances. If you are interested in attending please join the Town Manager, Director of Community and Economic Development and Attorney Mark Bobrowski in the Council Chambers at 66 Central Square, Bridgewater, MA 02324.

    The draft of the documents for review before the workshop can be found HERE.
      Please contact the Community and Economic Development Office at the number above with any questions or if you cannot access the documents. 

  • NEW! Online Permitting Guide:  HERE  Discover what permits are needed before applying for your permit.
  • Just a friendly reminder: Please do not rake, blow, or dump leaves, grass clippings, or other yard waste into storm drains. Littering in storm drains causes flooding and pollutes our water bodies without any filtration. We encourage you to mulch and compost these items for your gardens next year, or bag them and bring them to Plymouth Farm Supply at 1000 Plymouth Street (Route 104) in Bridgewater.

  • The Town of Bridgewater and VHB have completed the Final Draft of the 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan Update.   The Draft must be approved by the State.
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