Institutional Master Plan Review

Institutional Master Plan (IMP) review is required by Article 80 for hospitals, colleges, and universities with more than 150,000 SF of gross square feet of property.  For information about current institutional master plans in Boston, please visit Institutional Planning.

An IMP describes an institution’s existing property and future development plans for the duration of the IMP, typically 10 years. Proposed institutional projects must be consistent with an existing IMP.  If necessary, IMPs can be amended to add or change descriptions of development plans. All large projects go through Large Project Review.

The steps for Institutional Master Plan Review are as follows:

  1. An institution submits an Institutional Master Plan Notification Form (IMPNF) to the BPDA. The IMPNF summarizes the information the institution will present in its master plan, including a description of any new projects the plan will propose.
  2. The public may submit comments on the IMPNF.
  3. The BPDA reviews the IMPNF and public comments, and issues a Scoping Determination. The Scoping Determination guides the institution as it writes its Institutional Master Plan (IMP). 
  4. The institution submits its IMP, which is then reviewed by the BPDA. The BPDA will issue an Adequacy Determination which will approve, disapprove, or place conditions on the IMP.
  5. The Zoning Commission must then approve an IMP.
  6. The Mayor issues final approval.
  7. Institutions are responsible for updating their plans every two years, describing the progress of projects on campus.
  8. Institutions must amend their IMPs if they wish to include new projects in the plan. 
  9. Institutions must renew the plans periodically (usually every 10 years). IMP renewal follows the same process as IMP approval (Steps 1 - 6).