At her State of the City address in January, Mayor Wu announced a series of reforms to ensure the City’s planning and development resources are directed toward addressing Boston’s greatest challenges today: climate resilience, equitable growth, and affordability.

Under the Mayor’s proposal, the City of Boston would create a City Planning and Design Department to take on the staff and majority of the responsibilities currently held by the BPDA - restoring a strong central planning function to city government. She also announced the creation of a Planning Advisory Council to establish a coordinated Citywide vision for Boston’s future. The BPDA board will continue to approve development projects, promote affordable housing and community development through the use of real estate powers, and develop resilience infrastructure to adapt to climate change. Visit the presentation below to learn more about the Mayor’s vision for transformation of the BPDA.

This page will serve as a resource for ongoing changes at the Agency so residents can stay informed.


March 13, 2023 - The City Council approved Mayor Wu’s Home Rule Petition to end Urban Renewal and abolish the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and Economic Development Industrial Corporation (EDIC), establishing a new entity legally named the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). It also redefines the charter of the BPDA to address the city’s challenges today: resilience, affordability, and equity. The Home Rule Petition will need approval by the State Legislature.

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Presentation on Mayor’s Vision for Change