Community Development

The Community Development Department manages functions of the Town related to Planning, Zoning, Code Compliance, Building Inspection, Historic District, Redevelopment, as well as land use, housing, air pollution, and the protection of the natural environment within the town.

The department, along with a variety of Boards and Commissions, provides stewardship over the growth of the community and the conservation of its natural environments and community characteristics.

Below are some of the projects - past and current - that help to shape the Town.


The purpose of Hazard Mitigation is to recommend actions and policies for the Town of Bristol to minimize the social and economic loss or hardships resulting from hazardous events. The first iteration of the plan was approved in 2010 and has since been updated in 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2021. View the most recent updates to the Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF).

To view annual status reports of the Hazard Mitigation Plan on the Community Plans page.