PLAN: East Boston


PLAN: East Boston is a community-driven, neighborhood-wide planning initiative in East Boston. Guided by Imagine Boston 2030 and several city-wide strategic plans, PLAN: East Boston will produce a framework to predictably shape the future of East Boston, and identify opportunities to preserve, enhance and grow. The effort is organized by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in partnership with several City agencies, and relies on the participation of the East Boston community to be both meaningful and sustainable.

PLAN: East Boston will

  • Update the East Boston Master Plan (2000),
  • Recommend updates to Article 53 (East Boston zoning article);
  • Produce urban design guidelines; and
  • Recommend immediate-to long-term improvement projects for the neighborhood’s transportation network.

Community Engagement

Members of the PLAN: East Boston team regularly attend meetings hosted by neighborhood and civic associations, and frequently attend events hosted by members of the East Boston community. If you would like the PLAN: East Boston team to participate in your community event, please reach out.

Next Workshop

Multimodal Transportation | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

More information to come, including event description and location.

Previous Engagement

Open Space | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Agenda | Open House Boards | Exercise Feedback

Agenda | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas | Comentarios sobre el ejercicio

Participants joined the BPDA and representatives from several public agencies for a discussion about open space. Participants drew maps of their open space network, and discussed the neighborhood’s open space needs today, and what those needs could be in the future.

Chat With A Planner | Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Part of an ongoing series offering community members an opportunity to meet members of the planning team, and learn more about PLAN: East Boston.

Preserve, Enhance & Grow | Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Agenda | Open House Boards | Exercise Feedback

Agenda | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas | Comentarios sobre el ejercicio

Creating a framework to predictably shape the future of the neighborhood begins with identifying opportunities to preserve, enhance and grow. Participants edited definitions for these terms, and identified opportunities for each on a map of the neighborhood.

PLAN: East Boston Open House | Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Agenda | Presentation | Open House Boards | Exercise Feedback

Agenda | Presentación | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas | Comentarios sobre el ejercicio

The BPDA presented information about the relationship between planning and zoning, and introduced the East Boston Interim Planning Overlay District. Participants were asked to submit questions about the planning process, and topics for discussion at future community workshops.

Advisory Group (AG)

The Advisory Group (AG) will assist the BPDA and other City agencies in producing PLAN: East Boston. Nominations for the AG were publicly solicited in the Fall of 2018.  Members were appointed by the Mayor in January 2019, and will serve for the duration of the planning initiative.

List of Advisory Group Members

Lista de los miembros del Grupo Asesor


Advisory Group Meeting #1 | January 22, 2019

Agenda | Presentation

Agenda | Presentación

Advisory Group Meeting #2 | TBD


Interim Planning Overlay District

An Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) is a temporary zoning code adopted by the City for a geographic area which is undergoing a long term planning or zoning process. The East Boston IPOD covers the extents of the neighborhood excluding Logan Airport and Suffolk Downs, and will be effective for the duration of PLAN: East Boston. The IPOD will send all projects above a defined threshold to the Zoning Board of Appeals, it does not replace or change underlying zoning. The IPOD will be lifted at the conclusion of the planning process.

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