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 Engagement

Neighborhood Residential | October 24, 2019
Please join us for a workshop series focused on zoning and public realm in East Boston. These workshops will explore the challenges and opportunities of different types of areas in the neighborhood including neighborhood residential, mixed-use nodes and corridors, and waterfront industrial and economic development areas. Discussions will focus on how features of zoning and the public realm operate in these areas today, and how they could in the future. Light refreshments, translated materials and interpretation services will be provided at all events.

This workshop will feature small group discussions about the character of East Boston neighborhoods.

Mark Your Calendar

Mixed-Use Nodes & Corridors | November 6, 2019

Waterfront Industrial & Economic Development Areas | November 21, 2019

Previous Engagement

Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going | October 8, 2019

Agenda | Presentation | Open House Boards
AgendaPresentación | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas

On October 8, the city planning team and residents met to review the PLAN: East Boston process to date and preview future community discussions. As the process shifts its focus to specific area types of the neighborhood, residents were introduced to three different area types: Neighborhood Residential, Mixed-Use Nodes and Corridors, and Waterfront Industrial and Economic Development Areas. 

Attendees were also able to comment on these three area types, providing their perspective on the “essential character” of those areas, as well as, documenting current opportunities and challenges for these areas. The three area types will be a way for the PLAN process to structure itself moving forward. Residents are invited to join us for a series of three meetings that will explore the area types more completely. Mark your calendars with the dates below and be sure to join us for these conversations.

Small Business Round Table | July 24, 2019
On July 24th, PLAN: East Boston and City of Boston staff met with residents for a round table discussion focused on small businesses in East Boston. Residents were able to learn more about City-funded resources and opportunities, and how different policies and programs can help support their small business.

Business owners were also able to complete the Small Business Survey. The goal of the Small Business Survey is to better understand current market conditions for commercial space in the neighborhood, and the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses. PLAN: East Boston will identify strategies for addressing those challenges and opportunities, which would be implemented through zoning reform. Please note, the Small Business Survey is intended for businesses located in East Boston. To complete the PLAN: East Boston Small Business Survey online, click here. The survey closes on Friday, September 13th, 2019 at 5pm.

For more information about small business support and other resources offered by the city, please visit the City of Boston's Small Business Unit here.

Neighborhood Walking Tours | April - June 2019
Beginning in late April through the end of June, residents joined PLAN: East Boston staff at 6 Saturday morning walking tours around Gove StreetHarbor ViewJeffries PointOrient HeightsMaverick Central, and Eagle Hill in East Boston! Each walking tour was an opportunity to learn more about a distinct neighborhood within East Boston and to continue focused dialogue with residents about priorities that will shape PLAN: East Boston.

Inclusionary Development Policy Update Deep Dive | June 18, 2019
As a follow-up to the June 4th Affordable Housing meeting, a deep dive session with a small group conversation was held to discuss the Inclusionary Development Policy(IDP) and how the program can continue to best serve the affordable housing needs of Boston

Affordable Housing​ | June 4, 2019
Agenda | Presentation | Open House Boards | Affordable Housing Toolkit
Agenda | Presentación | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas | Kit de herramientas sobre Vivienda en Boston

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the City team joined residents for an information session to learn more about the Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) and other City housing programs that help to create and preserve affordable housing, as well as stabilize families facing displacement.

Transportation Open House | Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Agenda | Presentation | Open House Boards | Exercise Feedback
Agenda | Presentación | 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 transportation. Participants provided feedback about how they travel to and from East Boston, and learned about current and future transportation initiatives.

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.

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.

Chat With A Planner

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | Popsicle Edition

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Papusa Edition

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Pizza Edition

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 #5 | September 4, 2019

Advisory Group Meeting #4 | June 27, 2019

Advisory Group Meeting #3 | April 25, 2019

Advisory Group Meeting #2 | February 28, 2019

Advisory Group Meeting #1 | January 22, 2019
Agenda | Presentation
Agenda | Presentación

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.

Documents All Documents »

PLAN: East Boston Data Packet PDF, 2.8MB

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: East Boston team.

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