PLAN: East Boston


PLAN: East Boston is a community-driven, comprehensive planning initiative which will produce a framework to predictably shape the future of the neighborhood 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 residents, business owners, advocacy groups, organizations and other constituents to be meaningful and sustainable.

Planning Foundation

The planning initiative will focus on recommending updates to both the East Boston Master Plan and Zoning Article 53 and will build on the efforts of several city-wide strategic plans.

Interim Planning Overlay District

An Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD) is temporary zoning code adopted by the city for a geographic area which is undergoing a long term planning or zoning process. The BPDA has recommended that an Interim Planning Overlay District be implemented in East Boston for the duration of the planning study and has recommended that it cover the extents of the neighborhood excluding Logan Airport and Suffolk Downs. The Interim Planning Overlay District will send all projects above a defined threshold to the Zoning Board of Appeals, it will not replace or change underlying zoning. Information about the Interim Planning Overlay District was presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, September 25, and is available for download in both English and Spanish. To submit a question or comment, please reach out via the comment form at the bottom of the page.

Advisory Group

To support the neighborhood-wide planning initiative, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Planning & Development Agency have begun soliciting nominations for community members to serve on an Advisory Group. The Advisory Group should be a diverse representation of the interests of the East Boston community. Nominations should include those with knowledge about the local community, including local residents (including both renters and owners), local business owners (including both employees and employers), local advocacy groups, and local property owners; as well as those with technical expertise including architects, planners, and both for-profit and nonprofit developers.

Nominees should be available to commit to attending both public workshops and intermediary AG meetings. Each meeting is expected to last approximately 90 minutes, and a schedule of the frequency and the location of these meetings will be discussed at the first AG meeting. Additional information regarding Advisory Group roles and responsibilities and the nomination form are available for download in both English and Spanish. Please return completed nomination forms to the Kristina Ricco via email or mail by Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

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