In addition to the work of Imagine Salem, the City of Salem’s work in the areas of housing, economic development, transportation, education, community, parks, and more is ongoing.
The Open Space and Recreation Plan update is a continuation of master planning reports and plans performed by the City in 1996 and 2007. This report represents a continuation of the planning and foresight of the community in planning for the current and future needs of its parks and open spaces, and reflects the community’s commitment to enhancing the City through a comprehensive, and diverse fabric of recreational opportunities for its citizens.
The Salem For All Ages Action Plan focuses on supportive community and health services for all, civic engagement and participation, employment and volunteer opportunities, respect and social inclusion, appropriate housing in a range of affordability, vibrant outdoor spaces and public places, and effective, sensible transportation options.
Each year, the City of Salem receives federal funds for housing and community development activities. The City uses these funds to undertake housing, community and economic development projects and programs that assist low- to moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods. In order to receive these funds, the City must prepare a Consolidated Plan every five years, as well as annual Action Plans to implement the five-year plan.
It is Salem’s priority is to remain a vibrant, livable City that has a strong economy and continues to be a destination for visitors from around the world. For this reason, Salem recognizes the importance of being prepared for climate change and has produced this Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan. The Plan investigates some of the most serious climate change impacts, the resulting stresses to different sectors in the City, and outlines project ideas to address some of the most critical issues.
Hazard Mitigation planning is a proactive effort to identify actions that can be taken to reduce the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events. In the communities of the Boston region of Massachusetts, hazard mitigation planning tends to focus most on flooding, the most likely natural hazard to impact these communities.
This Historic Preservation Plan Update seeks to serve as both an educational tool for fostering greater awareness and appreciation for Salem’s historic resources and the role these buildings, structures, objects, landscapes, and burial sites play in visually defining the City’s character and unique sense of place, and as a guidance document to prioritize local preservation efforts.
Each year, the City Engineer posts its plans for street and sidewalk paving and improvements, along with status updates and general information about this work.
In recognition of the value that public art can bring to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of the community, the City of Salem worked with numerous partners to development of a Public Art Master Plan that outlines recommendations for a basic administrative structure for Salem’s Public Art Initiative and potential public art opportunities.