Current Projects

Housing Production Plan
A Housing Production Plan (HPP) is a community's proactive strategy for planning and developing affordable housing. In February, 2020, the Town of Ipswich kicked off a process to develop a new five-year HPP, working with consultants JM Goldson, LLC. Creation of an active HPP will enable the Town to meet its affordable housing needs in a manner consistent with the Chapter 40B statute and regulation. More information about Housing Production Plans can be found here:

Community Development Plan Update, 2020-2035
Under the direction of the Planning Board, Department of Planning and Community Development, and the Community Development Plan Steering Committee, the Town is updating its 2003 Community Development Plan. Visit the Ipswich Community Development Plan Link to the left for more information.

Potential Zoning Amendments for Annual Town Meeting 2020

173-178 Linebrook Road Open Space Preservation Zoning Development (for detailed information please contact the Planning Department)

Ipswich Mills Dam Removal Feasibility Study
FAQ and Summer 2016 Activities Description
ICAM video about the project:

Massachusetts Environmental Trust Support of Dam Removal Feasibility Study
During September of 2017 the Massachusetts Environmental Trust gave the Town a financial boost toward this project with a $25,000 grant. This funding enabled the Town to further the Dam Removal Feasibility Study. Conceptual designs, renderings and cost estimates of the dam-out scenario are available in the Dam Removal Feasibility Study above. These will aid the Town in its consideration of removing the dam.

Supporting the environmental programs funded by the Trust is easy: choose one of three environmental plates, the Right Whale & Roseate Terns, the Leaping Brook Trout or the Blackstone Valley Mill when you purchase or lease a new car or renew your registration with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Visit your local Registry of Motor Vehicles to order a plate online at or You can also visit the Trust program at to learn more about the Trust, the programs is supports, and the specialty license plate offerings.