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Planning the Future of Brockton

City-wide Comprehensive Plan

The Department of Planning and Economic Development has kicked off an eighteen month effort to develop a city-wide comprehensive planning effort with the goal of increasing the pride we have in our community and its assets and creating a framework for our City to thrive as a prosperous, livable, and inclusive community that is poised to capitalize on opportunities for growth and economic development.

The last Comprehensive Plan was published in 1996.  Since then, Brockton has undergone significantly population and socio/economic changes.   The new plan will incorporate those changes and better represent the goals and aspirations of our community. 


The Department of Planning and Economic Development is working with Old Colony Planning Council for developing a Campello Neighborhood Business District and Southern Main Street Visioning Plan. The area for the Campello Neighborhood Business District and Southern Main Street Visioning Plan is located in and around the traditional Campello neighborhood in the southern end of Brockton.

Campello Study Area Charette Map

The Plan includes a review of existing conditions within the Plan area, a review of past studies that have focused on the area, multiple public participation events to obtain community input from local stakeholders, business owners, and city officials.

The Plan will result in a series of recommendations and implementation strategies that are designed to spur greater residential and economic activity within the area.

Campello & South Main Plan

Thatcher Street Smart Growth Overlay District

The City is working with the Sisters of Jesus Crucified and the Archdiocese of Boston Planning Office for Urban Affairs on a proposed MGL Chapter 40R Smart Growth Overlay District at the Our Lady of Sorrows Convent on Thatcher Street.  MGL 40R is a zoning designation that would allows denser residential or mixed-use development near transit stations, in areas of concentrated development such as existing city and town centers, and in other highly suitable locations.  An application is currently under review by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) before being submitted to the Brockton City Council for consideration. 

A copy of the current draft application can be found here.

A copy of the current draft zoning language can be found here.

Other Planning Efforts

The Department has identified 11 areas outside of downtown that should have their own District Master Plans.   These include the Campello and Montello districts as well as Belmont and Pleasant Street Corridors and the east side commercial districts along Centre, Court and Quincy.  Each of these districts has an important role to play in improving the lives and economic opportunities of our residents.   As staff and funds become available, the Department will begin a community led planning effort. 

Current and Future Planning Areas


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