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Office of Strategic Planning & Economic Development

The mission of the Office of Strategic Planning & Economic Development is to create an environment in the City of Revere that is conducive to retaining, growing and attracting businesses and residents, thereby strengthening and revitalizing our neighborhoods and stabilizing and transforming the physical, social, civic and economic environment of our community.

Description

The economic development of the City is critical for the stimulation of its growth, accessibility, and stability. Not only does it involve the planning and production of residential, commercial, and industrial developments and the attraction of relocating businesses, but also enhancing existing market assets, boosting trade, increasing the competitiveness of its industries, and creating opportunities for workers and all residents. The City is currently in the process of revitalizing Revere’s local economy through redevelopment and reinvestment along the municipality’s underutilized but strategically positioned assets, such as the Suffolk Downs redevelopment, the Shirley Avenue business district, Waterfront Square, Wonderland Race Track, the former NECCO property, and Caddy Farms. Revere’s vision for economic development will continue to be informed by the Next Stop Revere Master Plan, about which information can be found below.

Floodplain Information

Looking for information on whether a certain property or area is located in a flood zone? Flood zone information for a property is often a requirement for many insurance and assessing purposes, and it can easily be found online via the City of Revere’s GIS platform. We’ve compiled a quick guide for utilizing the floodplain functions of the GIS maps below for your added convenience. For further information on Revere’s floodplain, please contact John Squibb at (781) 286-8184. For more information on floodplains in general, please see the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. Also visit the City of Revere Conservation Commission for additional resources.

GIS Floodplain Map How-to Guide

  1. Visit http://gis.revere.org/. If you need any instructions on how to use the site, visit www.revere.org/gis.
  2. Look to the top right of the interactive page for the “Layers” icon, which depicts three maps arranged vertically, and click on it.
  3. A small box will pop up listing all of the operational maps for the GIS system.  Click on the box next to the layer “FEMA_Floodzones_2016” to display a floodplain map for the entire City.
  4. To quickly find a specific property or area, enter an address into the search box at the top left.
  5. For information on what each floodplain designation means, please see this informative site.

Infrastructure and Public Facilities

One of the major responsibilities of the Office of Strategic Planning & Economic Development is to oversee the maintenance, improvement, and construction of infrastructure and public facility projects. These projects include parks, public plantings, lighting systems, water systems, drainage systems, sewerage systems, and sidewalk and road improvements. The City often capitalizes on external financing including Chapter 90 reimbursements and Massworks grants to drive infrastructure and public facility projects in order to further enhance the efficiency, comfort, and attraction of the City of Revere. For more information, please contact Michael Kessman at (781) 286-8186 or John Squibb at (781) 286-8184.

Resources, Links and Applications

Applications and Forms

Applications and forms not online can be provided upon request by visiting the Office of Strategic Planning & Economic Development, found on the Mezzanine Level of City Hall.

Resources

In the News

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact for information and assistance regarding businesses, developments, planning, or other community development affairs?

The Office of Strategic Planning & Economic Development works to promote the City as an attractive location for new businesses, retain and stimulate the expansion of our valued existing businesses, and increase and diversify our tax base. We provide planning support, technical assistance, coordination, and advisory services to City officials, boards, committees, and all residents on issues involving land use planning, zoning, economic development, open space land preservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. The office can be reached via phone at (781) 286-8181, or refer to the contact list above for professional assistance specific to your concern. Additionally, you can seek out help in-person at the Office of Strategic Planning & Economic Development in City Hall, located on the Mezzanine level.

Contact Information & Hours
Mon.-Thur. 8:15am-5pm
Fri. 8:15am-12:15pm
Robert O’Brien
Director of Strategic Planning & Economic Development

617-461-6730
William Ash
Financial Administrator
781-286-8182
Tyler Ash
Administrative Assistant
781-286-8112
Elle Baker
Open Space Program Coordinator
781-286-8188
John Festa
Business Liaison; Director, Signage & Storefront Program
781-286-8194 EXT. 20318
Michael Kessman
Project Engineer
781-286-8186
Tech Leng
City Planner
781-286-8137
John Squibb
Infrastructure Program Coordinator; Flood Plain Administrator
781-286-8184
Frank Stringi
Chief Planner; Zoning Coordinator
781-286-8183
Beth Rosa
CDBG Program Director