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:
- Board of Appeals,
- Holyoke Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (HEDIC),
- Planning Board,
- Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA),
- Mayor’s Industrial Development Advisory Council (MIDAC), and
- Holyoke Innovation District Task Force (as co-chair).
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:
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The Office of Planning & Economic Development is the keeper of the Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Map and other Maps for the City.
Find more information on plans and projects happening around the City.
For a quick listing of all the Applications and documents from the Office of Planning & Economic Development, click here.
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.
Here are a number of external resources that you may find helpful for the various issues related to running a business.
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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|Sharon Konstantinidis - Head Clerk|
|Jeffrey Burkott – Principal Planner|
|Claire Ricker – Senior Planner|
|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.
|John Dyjach – 413-322-5655|
|HRA Board Members||Documents|
|Maria Ferrer – Member – term expires Nov. 2016||Agendas & Minutes|
|Carl Eger, Jr. – Chairperson - term expires Nov. 2014||By-Laws|
|Patricia Duffy – Vice Chairperson - term expires Sept 3, 2015|
|Gladys Lebron-Martinez – Treasurer - term expires Nov.1, 2017|
|Thomas Creed – Asst.Treasurer - term expires Nov. 1, 2016|
|Urban Renewal Plan – Connect. Construct. Create. (2012)|
City Hall Annex, Room 406
20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map
Office of Planning & Economic Development
413-322-5575 / 413-322-5655
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
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Posted on October 9, 2012 by Planning Department