Western Avenue Corridor Study and Rezoning


The Boston Planning & Development Agency launched the Western Avenue Corridor Study and Rezoning to engage local stakeholders in discussing the future of Western Avenue between Barry’s Corner and Leo Birmingham Parkway. The planning initiative will inform recommendations for new or modified zoning; build on previous planning in the area, including the North Allston Strategic Framework for Planning, the Community-Wide Plan, and planning at Harvard University; and foster a dialogue with developers and property owners. The study will also consider public realm improvements and transportation enhancements in coordination with the ongoing Allston-Brighton Mobility Study to explore multimodal improvements to Western Avenue and other transportation enhancements.

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED: Urban Design & Rezoning Workshop | March 30, 2020, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

Following guidance issued by Mayor Walsh recommending the postponement or cancellation of public meetings with 25 people or more, the BPDA is postponing all BPDA-hosted public meetings regarding Article 80 development projects and planning studies until further notice.

At this time, this excludes monthly BPDA Board Meetings, Boston Zoning Commission meetings, and Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) meetings due to regulatory and statutory requirements. Extra precautions will be taken during these meetings to encourage social distancing.


Please join the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in collaboration with the City of Boston at the fourth Western Avenue Corridor Study and Rezoning workshop. The project team will present a preliminary urban design framework plan based on past planning and previous feedback for discussion with the community. The workshop will then examine the trade-off associated with zoning changes within the study area. The project team will review possible zoning changes such as use, height, density, housing affordability, and off-site parking with the community to inform the next steps for the Corridor Study.

Previous Events

Meeting 4: Development Feasibility and Western Avenue Street Redesign | January 6, 2020


A continuation of the discussion of development feasibility and potential public benefits in the Western Avenue Corridor Study Area. We presented options for multi-modal transportation improvements on Western Avenue.

Meeting 3: Development Feasibility and Benefits 101 | December 9, 2019

Presentation | Feedback

An introduction to development feasibility and potential public benefits in the Western Avenue Corridor Study Area. We reviewed feedback from previous public meetings and explored the economics of development to inform the ongoing study.

Meeting 2: Development and Street Design Scenarios Workshop | October 30, 2019

Presentation | Feedback

Discussion of development and street design scenarios for the Western Avenue Corridor Study.

Study Area Walking Tour | October 5, 2019

Walking Tour Brochure

Tour of the Western Avenue Study Area with the BPDA Team.

Meeting 1: Open House | September 16, 2019

Boards and Feedback

We held an open house on Monday, September 16 between 6:00 and 8:00 at the Josephine Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview, 123 Antwerp Street.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - Zoning at Zone 3 Pop-up | August 28, 2019, 5:00–8:00 PM

This event has been cancelled due to weather.

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We want to hear from you! All questions, comments and ideas are welcome. Comments are received and reviewed by members of the Western Avenue Corridor Study and Rezoning team.

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