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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Community Development & Planning

About Us:

The Department of Community Development and Planning (DCDP) was created by a vote of the Town Council in August 1982 providing a formal interrelationship with staff members. 


The Department of Community Development & Planning performs short and long range planning for the community by using current methods to identify and implement community goals.  The Department coordinates various boards and commissions to streamline processes to accomplish these goals.  The Department utilizes the technical skills of department staff to exercise regulatory control and implementation of policies, program initiatives and services around the community’s growth and development.  The Department also manages the Commander's Mansion as a historic asset and event facility.

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DCDP Boards and Commissions:

Recent Projects & Studies:


Steven Magoon
Ingrid Marchesano
Head Clerk 
Gideon Schreiber
Senior Planner

Andrea Adams
Senior Planner


149 Main St., 3rd Floor 
Watertown, MA 02472

Ph: (617) 972-6417
Fx: (617) 972-6484

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

*Summer Hours (Memorial Day thru Labor Day) the Administration Building is open until 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and closes at
2:00 pm on Fridays.