Boston Mayor to File Plans to Amend Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has announced plans to file an amendment to the current Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP). It will also seek to initiate a port municipal planning process for East Boston.
Wu’s amendment would seek to further refine that plan and address issues that she says have been raised by the analysis and feedback received since 2018. It does not specifically state what the amendment would entail.
The MHP was approved by state officials in 2018. Since its approval, the City of Boston has continued to analyze and implement plans in the area, including the completion of the Resilience Solutions Plan for Downtown Boston and the North End, beginning the planning process for the Downtown Waterfront Design and Use Guidelines and beginning the Section 80 process for two projects development of the region. The Section 80 process looks at a project’s potential effect on everything from the environment to transportation and historic resources.
Wu said that as a coastal city vulnerable to rising seas and extreme weather, Boston “must be a national leader in driving a just transition to a green and thriving economy.”
“We need to get it right on the waterfront and really plan for equitable access and climate resilience in this critical area of our city,” she said in a press release. “That’s why we’re officially embarking on our Downtown Municipal Harbor Plan and East Boston Harbor planning process, with these goals guiding our engagement.”
Wu also announced the launch of a municipal harbor planning process for East Boston to fulfill that community’s desire for a resilient and equitable waterfront, she said. in a letter to Lisa Berry Engler, director of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management about his proposed amendment.
Led by the Boston Planning & Development Agency, MAP: East Boston is a neighborhood-wide community planning initiative aimed at creating a framework to predictably shape the future of the area. It focuses on expanding affordable housing opportunities, preparing for climate change, transport connectivity and supporting neighborhood economies.
The East Boston planning process would develop recommendations, “which will shape the municipal harbor planning process, codify and implement the community’s desire for a resilient and equitable waterfront,” Wu said.