Planning and Economic Development

The Office of Planning & Economic Development's mission is to manage programs and provide services that fulfill the immediate needs and long-term vision for the physical, economic and environmental development of the city, such as:

  • Permitting – Subdivisions, Site Plan Review, Special Permits
  • Zoning and Land Use Inquires
  • Comprehensive Planning - Master Plan, Urban Renewal Plans
  • Brownfield’s clean-up
  • Business promotion and incentives

 

By serving as the staff to following boards and committees, the Office of Planning & Economic Development is well equipped to assist in your development needs, whether subdividing a lot, or relocating your business to the City of Holyoke:

 

Additional Resources

For more in-depth information about ongoing projects around the City, visit HolyokeRedevelopment.com

Also to stay informed on Holyoke's Planning and Development happenings, be sure to sign up for our Newsletter:

Jeffrey Bianchine - Creative Economy Coordinator

413-322-5655

bianchinej@holyoke.org

Jeffrey Burkott - Principal Planner

413-322-5575

jburkott@holyoke.org

John Dyjach - Assistant Director of Economic Development

413-322-5655

dyjachj@holyoke.org

Lois Kudla - Business Projects Manager

413-322-5655

kudlal@holyoke.org

Claire Ricker - Senior Planner

413-322-5575

rickerc@holyoke.org

Sharon Konstantinidis - Head Administrative Clerk for Planning Department

413-322-5575

konstans@holyoke.org

Rosemary Simonich - Head Admin Clerk

413-322-5655

simonicr@holyoke.org

Tessa Murphy-Romboletti - Development Specialist

413-322-5655

rombolettit@holyoke.org

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Ordinances & Maps

The Office of Planning & Economic Development is the keeper of the Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map and other Maps for the City. 

 

Plans and Projects

Find more information on plans and projects happening around the City. 

 

Applications

For a quick listing of all the Applications and documents from the Office of Planning & Economic Development, click here. 

 

Incentives

If you’re thinking about making an investment in your business but need help taking the risk, there may be incentives offered by the city based on the type and size of your investment.

 

Resources

Here are a number of external resources that you may find helpful for the various issues related to running a business.

 

Real Estate & Site Selection

If you are looking to relocate or expand your business within the City of Holyoke, there are various resources to help you find available property.

BOA

 There shall be established a board of appeals in accordance with the provisions of section 811 of chapter 211 of the Acts of 1936, to consist of three members and three associate members, to be appointed and confirmed in accordance with the provisions of such chapter.  The board of appeals shall also act as a board of appeals under both the building and zoning ordinances of the City.

Contact  
Rosemary Simonich – 413-322-5655  
Jeffrey Burkott – 413-322-5575  
   
Board of Appeals Members Documents
Elbert Bowler, Chairperson – term expires Jul. 1, 2014 Agendas & Minutes
Kevin Haarman – term expires Jul. 1, 2014 Zoning Ordinance
Josh Knox – term expires Jul. 1 2016 Variance Application
  Checklist for Variance Elligibility
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

Holyoke is experiencing a renaissance as a community of artists and creative entrepreneurs have embraced the city’s center as their home and workplace. Old mill buildings that sat idle as reminders of former industrial might have been repurposed to export intellectual products to regional, national and global markets. The list of creative industries in Holyoke has grown to include – graphic and video game designers, architects and restoration artists, advertising and marking professionals, writers and publishers, internationally touring dance troupes, photographers, musicians and film makers – to name just a few. The Office of Planning and Economic Development is dedicated to supporting the growth of creative industries in Holyoke and highlighting the city as a place for art, culture and innovation.

Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

 

The Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (HEDIC) is chartered under Chapter 121C of the Massachusetts General Laws.  Projects are detailed in an Economic Development Plan which require approval of the Mayor and City Council.  HEDIC has the authority to buy and sell property, manage projects, approve financing and assist private developers.  HEDIC administers the Holyoke Industrial Development Loan Program to assist new and expanding companies meet their capital needs.  HEDIC is grantee of Foreign Trade Zone #201 which helps businesses realize import and export savings.   The HEDIC works in conjunction with the Office of Planning and Development to improve economic conditions in the City of Holyoke.

 

Contact:  
John Dyjach – 413-322-5655  
   
HEDIC Board Members  Documents
Carl Eger, Jr. – Chairperson – term expires June 30, 2015 Agenda & Minutes
Michael Murphy – Vice Chairperson - term expires June 30, 2016 By-Laws
Joseph McGiverin – Treasurer - term expires June 30, 2016  
Matthew Mainville – Clerk - term expires June 30, 2015  
David Bartley – Member - term expires June 30, 2014  
David Healey – Member - term expires June 30, 2014  
Kip Foley – Member - term expires June 30, 2015  
   
Programs Available Real Estate
HEDIC Industrial Loan Whiting Farms Road (11 Acres)
Foreign Trade Zone Appleton-Main-Race Street
HUB Zone Designation Kelley Way-Bobala Road

Holyoke Planning Board

 

 

The Holyoke Planning Board is responsible for protecting the health and safety of Holyoke residents while balancing the rights of property owners through the consideration of project submittals, public testimony, and city department comments in conjunction with the laws established for regulating such development through the HOLYOKE ZONING ORDINANCE, Massachusetts General Law (MGL), Chapter 41, Section 81A, and MGL Chapter 40A. The establishment of municipal Planning Boards is authorized by Massachusetts General Law, chapter 41, section 81A. Among its many diverse roles, the Planning Board is charged with the following duties, paraphrased here from the Mass. General Law:

 

  • Adopting a master plan and official map of the city
  • Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Act; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the City of Holyoke; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submittals.
  • Serving, in some instances, as the Special Permit Granting Authority
  • Serving as Site Plan Review Authority
  • Conducting studies, and, when necessary, preparing plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the city for submittal to the City Council for their consideration
  • Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the municipality. When a zoning amendment has been put forward, the Planning Board holds a public hearing jointly with the City Council Ordinance Committee and reports its recommendation to the City Council.

 

Contact:  
Sharon Konstantinidis - Head Clerk  
(413) 322-5575  
   
Jeffrey Burkott – Principal Planner  
(413) 322-5575  
   
Claire Ricker – Senior Planner  
(413) 322-5575  
   
Planning Board Members                    Documents
Mimi Panitch – Chairperson, term expires – 7/1/16 Agendas & Minutes
Christian LaChappelle – Vice Chairperson, term expires – 7/1/18 Subdivision Documents
Mark Joy – Secretary, term expires – 7/1/15 Zoning Ordinance
John Kelley – Member, term expires – 7/1/17 Site Plan Review Documents
Eileen Regan – Member,  term expires – 7/1/14 Special Permit Documents
Associate Member, term expires – 6/30/16 VACANT  
   
   
   

 

 

 Holyoke Redevelopment Authority

 

 The City of Holyoke is in the midst of a number of public and private initiatives intended to redevelop many parts of the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. To initiate and coordinate a comprehensive revitalization effort in this area, the City of Holyoke established the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in February 2008.  Chartered under Chapter 121B, the HRA has the powers to plan and implement activities needed to redevelop underutilized, deteriorated or blighted areas, to encourage new development, promote growth, create tax revenue, and create new jobs in the City of Holyoke.

 

Contact:  
Tessa Murphy-Romboletti – 413-322-5655  
   
HRA Board Members Documents
Maria Ferrer – Assistant Treasurer – term expires Nov. 2016 Agendas & Minutes
Carl Eger, Jr. – Member - term expires Nov. 2019 By-Laws
Patricia Duffy – Chairperson - term expires Sept 3, 2015  
Gladys Lebron-Martinez – Vice Chairperson - term expires Nov.1, 2017  
Thomas Creed – Treasurer - term expires Nov. 1, 2016  
   
Projects  
Urban Renewal Plan – Connect. Construct. Create. (2012)  
 Visit Our Website – HolyokeRedevelopment.com  
   

 

Department Head

Marcos A. Marrero

Marcos A. Marrero

Director of Planning & Economic Development

Office Address

City Hall Annex, Room 406
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Office of Planning & Economic Development

413-322-5575 / 413-322-5655

413-322-5576 (fax)

oped@holyoke.org

Office Hours

Monday thru Friday
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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