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PLAN: Charlestown is in the process of performing a neighborhood-wide needs analysis, drafting urban design guidelines for the neighborhood, and creating the next iteration of scenarios for the future of the neighborhood, all of which will inform the plan’s coming recommendations. You can check out the draft scenarios released in July 2022 by visiting: bit.ly/PLANCharlestownScenarios. You can download the survey results, below, or read more about the draft scenarios in the Past Planning Phases section of this web page.

Download the results of the draft scenarios surveys (PDFs, .zip file)


Summary & Goals

In partnership with the community and guided by Imagine Boston 2030 and other past planning efforts, PLAN: Charlestown is a comprehensive planning initiative that will produce a framework to predictably shape the future of the entire neighborhood of Charlestown. PLAN: Charlestown seeks to determine how to accommodate new contextually appropriate growth along the Rutherford Avenue Corridor and in Sullivan Square while preserving the character of its existing residential areas. 

PLAN: Charlestown will establish a comprehensive and coordinated plan to ensure the equitable provision of infrastructure to support future land uses and development, mobility connections into and within Charlestown, parks and open space, climate resiliency, affordable housing, as well as strategies to enhance the existing community and preserve its historic assets. The PLAN: Charlestown team is also in close coordination with an interdepartmental working group across city departments and state transportation agencies.

While ongoing land disposition processes will continue, no new Requests For Proposals (RFP's) for BPDA parcels will be issued until those parcels are reviewed, and a plan is created for them, through this process.

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Past Planning Phases

Visioning

In our visioning phase residents collectively used Map.Social, an interactive mapping tool, to draw hopes and priorities for the neighborhood. With this fun and interactive tool, residents identified various opportunities to preserve, enhance, and grow over the next twenty years. Map.Social Tutorial

Draft Scenarios

PLAN: Charlestown released two draft scenarios in July 2022 for the future of the industrial area along Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square. These draft scenarios are the continuation of a collaborative dialogue to create a framework for future development in this area.

Visit bit.ly/PLANCharlestownScenarios to see the scenarios. Nine surveys on various topics were integrated into the webpage, and in total 952 survey submissions were received between all 9 surveys. These responses are now being analyzed by the planning team, and will help to inform the making of a new, hybrid scenario.

Please note, the scenarios are best viewed on screens tablet size or larger. The BPDA also collected feedback on the scenarios through in-person tabling in the neighborhood, several events, and a series of virtual listening sessions.

Past Events

 

PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 6 | Thursday, September 29, 2022

Recording | Presentation


Pint with a Planner at Tradesman in Charlestown

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Hosted by SPARK Boston and the BPDA


PLAN: Charlestown Listening Sessions


PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 5 | Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Recording | Presentation | Code of Conduct


PLAN: Charlestown Walking Tour - City Square to Mystic River and Sullivan Square | Saturday, June 25, 2022 
Feedback


PLAN: Charlestown Walking Tour - Bunker Hill Community College to Sullivan Square | Saturday, May 14, 2022 
Feedback


PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 4 | Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Recording | Presentation


Preserving Charlestown's Sense of Place Part 2 | Wednesday March 2, 2022
Have you ever wondered why certain areas in your neighborhood look and feel the way they do? Are you curious about historic preservation, historic landmarks and districts? Boston Landmarks Commission Staff will join us and present on the process and tradeoffs when landmarking specific buildings or historic areas.
Recording | Presentation | Questions and Answers 


Preserving Charlestown's Sense of Place Part 1 | Wednesday February 9, 2022
Have you ever wondered why certain areas in your neighborhood look and feel the way they do? Are you curious about historic preservation, historic landmarks and districts? Boston Landmarks Commission Staff will join us and present on the process and tradeoffs when landmarking specific buildings or historic areas.
Recording | Presentation | Map of Charlestown's Existing Preservation Assets | Questions and Answers 


Framing the Future | Thursday October 21, 2021
Please join your neighbors and the PLAN: Charlestown staff team to discuss your vision and goals for the future of Charlestown. At this workshop, we will report back and build on the values, hopes, and concerns Charlestown members identified in prior engagements to finalize a community vision statement and land use goals. This will set the planning framework for the next phase and future workshops where we will dive deeper into priorities, future scenarios, and associated trade offs.
Recording | Presentation | Survey | Draft Vision Statement, Goals, and Principles | Survey and Revisions to the Draft Vision Statement, Goals, and Principles Due Nov 22nd.


Sullivan Square Open Space Meeting (in collaboration with Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Transportation Department, and Hood Park) | Tuesday October 12, 2021
Join us at an online community engagement meeting to discuss what activities and programming you would like to see take place at Ryan Playground, Hood Green and Rutherford Avenue. We will disucss the challenges and opportunities of each site, and how the spaces connect to each other and open space in the greater Charlestown area. 
Recording | Presentation | Survey (Closes November 12, 2021)


PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 3 | Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Recording | Presentation


PLAN: Charlestown Planning Places - Original Peninsula and Lost Village | Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Join your neighbors for the second event of the series for Planning Places. You will discuss and share what future land-use priorities and community benefits should be for different Charlestown sub-areas as part of the ongoing PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative.The PLAN: Charlestown team will share community feedback collected at the first event in this series from the May workshop that focused on Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square. 
Recording | Presentation | Charlestown Design Guidelines


PLAN: Charlestown Planning Places - Rutherford Ave and Sullivan Square | Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Join your neighbors for a pair of workshops this spring on planning places. You will discuss and share what future land-use priorities and community benefits should be for different Charlestown sub-areas as part of the ongoing PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative. The PLAN: Charlestown team will share community feedback collected at the April workshop. Both workshops will include an interactive presentation, activity, and small group discussions. 
Recording | Presentation 


PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 2 | Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Recording | Presentation


PLAN: Charlestown Land Use Through Time Workshop 2 | Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Join your neighbors for a follow-up workshop on future land-use priorities and needs in Charlestown as part of the ongoing PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative. The PLAN: Charlestown team will share community feedback collected at previous workshops
Recording | Presentation | Summary|  Survey (Open until April 21, 2021)


PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 1 | Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The Advisory Group (AG) will play a key role assisting the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in the public participation process involved with the planning initiative. Your active participation and valuable input during regularly scheduled meetings will ensure that the public process and review process is successful. 
Recording | Presentation


PLAN: Charlestown Open Space and Climate Resilience Workshop | Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Building on discussions at previous PLAN: Charlestown community events, the initiative will host a workshop on the topics of climate resilience and open space. Staff from the BPDA and the City of Boston Environment Department will present on past and upcoming phases of Climate Ready Charlestown. Additionally, BPDA and Boston Parks and Recreation staff will expand on October’s Parcel Priority Plan exercise with a discussion of Charlestown’s current parks, and planning for future open space.
Recording | Presentation | Open Space Questions | Open Space Photo Repository


PLAN: Charlestown Open Office Hours | Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The PLAN: Charlestown team will hold Open Office Hours to review prior meeting materials, and help stakeholders with any technical difficulties using the mapping tool introduced in the October 8, 2020 Land Use Through Time Workshop.
Recording | Presentation


PLAN: Charlestown Land Use Through Time Workshop | Thursday, October 8, 2020
Based on feedback received at the January 30, 2020 Open House and the August 27, 2020 Open Office Hours, the PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative will host a workshop on the topics of history and open space. Preservation experts will present a history of Charlestown's built environment, and Parks and Recreation staff will present on the topic of public open space
Recording | Presentation


PLAN: Charlestown August Open Office Hours | Thursday, August 27, 2020
During the August PLAN: Charlestown Open Office Hours, BPDA staff members provided a brief overview of the Kick-off Open House, previewed the next meeting topic, and answered questions from the public. 
Recording | Presentation


PLAN: Charlestown Kick-off Open House | Thursday, January 30, 2020
The PLAN: Charlestown Kick-off Open House allowed Charlestown community members to share ideas, learn about the planning process and how to get involved. Members were also introduced to members of the City and the Boston Planning & Development Agency's planning team.
Boards | Feedback

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group (AG) will assist the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and other City agencies in creating a long-term vision for the PLAN: Charlestown initiative. The primary goal of the study will be to develop a new framework for the preservation, enhancement, and growth of Charlestown, while balancing the importance of livability, daylight, walkability, climate change, access to open space, affordability, and a dynamic mix of uses, among others.

Member Affiliation
Melissa Brennan Associate at Feinberg, Campbell and Zack
Brian Callahan Sullivan Square Residential Association
Chris Kushcel Transportation Planner at MAPC
Mary Chippa Charles Newtown, Board Member
Amber Christofferson Mystic River Watershed Association
Sarah Coughlin Charlestown Coalition, Partners Health
Elaine Donovan Activist, Charlestown Coalition, Neighborhood Council, 02129 Steering Committee
Karie Everett Community Activist
Shannon Fitzgerald    Charlestown Mothers Association
Anda French Boston Society of Architects, Owner French2D Architects
Tina Goodnow Charlestown Residents Alliance(BHA), Vice President
Julie Hall Charlestown Historical Society
Intiya Isaza-Figueroa Resident, Opportunity Communities, Senior Development Manager
Nancy Johnsen Charlestown Neighborhood Council
Joanne Massaro Retired PWD Commissioner, Active in neighborhood
Ryan McCarthy Community Activist-Member of Beautification Committee
Mary McCarthy Architect, Finegold and Alexander Architects
Lisa McGoff Collins Charlestown Neighborhood Council, Member
James Donovan Teamsters Representative
Zaire Richardson Youth, Turn It Around
Niko Skiadas Resident, Real Estate Professional at JLL
Phil Smith Resident, Small Business Background
Paul Sullivan Mishawum Resident
Karson Tager Resident, Charlestown Neighborhood Council Member
Stephanie Ward Resident, Volunteer at Charlestown BGCB
Amanda Zettel      Charlestown Preservation Society

Ex-Officio Advisory Group Members

State Senator Sal DiDomenico
State Representative Dan Ryan
District City Councilor Gabriela Coletta
At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty
At-Large City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune
At-Large City Councilor Julia Mejia
At-Large City Councilor Erin Murphy

Planning Efforts Related to PLAN: Charlestown

Imagine Boston 2030 (2017)
Coastal Resilience Solutions for Charlestown Phase II (ongoing)
Coastal Resilience Solutions for Charlestown Phase I (2017)

Boston Urban Forest Plan (ongoing)
Sullivan Square Disposition Plan (2013)
Lower Mystic Regional Working Group report (2019)
Revitalizing Older Houses in Charlestown (1973)
Charlestown Navy Yard Master Plan (Updated 2007)
Development Projects Under Review in Charlestown

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Share Your Thoughts

We want to hear from you! All questions, comments and ideas are welcome. Comments are received and reviewed by members of the PLAN: Charlestown team.

To submit a comment in a language besides English, please email [email protected].
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