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Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 10-12-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 10-12-17
Published: 2017/10/12
Channel: Boston City TV
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Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 11-16-17
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 9-14-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 9-14-17
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 06-15-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 06-15-17
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 08-10-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 08-10-17
Published: 2017/08/10
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 7-13-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 7-13-17
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 4-13-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 4-13-17
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 3-16-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 3-16-17
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 3-2-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 3-2-17
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 1-12-17
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 1-12-17
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 11-17-16
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 11-17-16
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting  10-20-16
Boston Planning & Development Agency Meeting 10-20-16
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: Boston City TV
Understanding School Funding 101
Understanding School Funding 101
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: LittleElmISD
Extensive facelift planned for one of Boston
Extensive facelift planned for one of Boston's tallest buildings
Published: 2017/10/06
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
BPDA: Housing Surge Yields Affordability
BPDA: Housing Surge Yields Affordability
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Chris Lovett
Commissioners Corner: Brian Golden, BPDA Director
Commissioners Corner: Brian Golden, BPDA Director
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: Boston City TV
Imagine Boston 2030 Plan Draft Release
Imagine Boston 2030 Plan Draft Release
Published: 2016/12/20
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston NY Town Board Meeting 2017 09 06
Boston NY Town Board Meeting 2017 09 06
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Jay Jackson
Boston Redevelopment Authority Rebranding Announcement
Boston Redevelopment Authority Rebranding Announcement
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Redevelopment Authority Meeting 7-14-2016
Boston Redevelopment Authority Meeting 7-14-2016
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: Boston City TV
Tito Jackson Describes How He Would Change The Development Process In Boston
Tito Jackson Describes How He Would Change The Development Process In Boston
Published: 2017/10/19
Channel: WBUR
Boston Redevelopment Authority Rebranding Announcement - Promo
Boston Redevelopment Authority Rebranding Announcement - Promo
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Boston City TV
Imagine Boston 2030: Driving Our Growth
Imagine Boston 2030: Driving Our Growth
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 04-16-15
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 04-16-15
Published: 2016/12/28
Channel: Boston City TV
The Boston Show 06-23-17
The Boston Show 06-23-17
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Boston City TV
Development: Rebranded, But Still Disputed
Development: Rebranded, But Still Disputed
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: Chris Lovett
Boston residents protest new housing development
Boston residents protest new housing development
Published: 2015/08/14
Channel: Boston Herald
Commissioners Corner: Brian Golden, BPDA Director - Promo
Commissioners Corner: Brian Golden, BPDA Director - Promo
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Boston City TV
910 Saratoga St #12, Boston, MA 02128
910 Saratoga St #12, Boston, MA 02128
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: East Boston MA Home Search
Imagine Boston 2030: Driving Our Growth - Promo
Imagine Boston 2030: Driving Our Growth - Promo
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 09-15-16
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 09-15-16
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Boston City TV
We Rise Up for Affordable Housing in Plan JP/Rox!
We Rise Up for Affordable Housing in Plan JP/Rox!
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Keep It 100% for Egleston
The Boston Show 01-13-17
The Boston Show 01-13-17
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Boston City TV
Imagine Boston Capital Plan
Imagine Boston Capital Plan
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Boston City TV
Harvard Adapts East Boston to Climate Change
Harvard Adapts East Boston to Climate Change
Published: 2017/09/05
Channel: America Adapts
Allston-Brighton Community Benefits Grants - Promo
Allston-Brighton Community Benefits Grants - Promo
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: Boston City TV
Allston-Brighton Community Benefits Grants
Allston-Brighton Community Benefits Grants
Published: 2017/03/14
Channel: Boston City TV
113 Sumner St #54, Boston, MA 02128
113 Sumner St #54, Boston, MA 02128
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: East Boston MA Home Search
Showdown over Housing in JP/Roxbury
Showdown over Housing in JP/Roxbury
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Chris Lovett
Making Planning Public: Newark Zoning Workshop - APA Awards 2015
Making Planning Public: Newark Zoning Workshop - APA Awards 2015
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: American Planning Association
Water main breaks near Boston
Water main breaks near Boston
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
Alumni Insights: The New Allure of the American City
Alumni Insights: The New Allure of the American City
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: Harvard GSD
Boston Public School Committee Meeting 9-13-17
Boston Public School Committee Meeting 9-13-17
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: Boston City TV
How Value Capture Can Create Affordable Housing
How Value Capture Can Create Affordable Housing
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: LincolnLandPolicy
The Boston Show 07-14-17
The Boston Show 07-14-17
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Boston City TV
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 3-12-15
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 3-12-15
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: Boston City TV
Snow-covered cars line Boston streets
Snow-covered cars line Boston streets
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
THE BENJAMIN - Boston Seaport Living
THE BENJAMIN - Boston Seaport Living
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: ChameleonDG
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 11-10-15
Boston Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting 11-10-15
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: Boston City TV
Umana Skatepark Boston MA
Umana Skatepark Boston MA
Published: 2016/08/22
Channel: Fabricio España
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), is a Massachusetts public agency that serves as the municipal planning and development agency for Boston, working on both housing and commercial developments.

As an agency concerned with urban planning, the BPDA does not consider requests for zoning variances from individual property owners. These are heard by the city's own Zoning Board of Appeals, a seven-person body appointed by the Mayor of Boston.[1]

Some consider the BPDA's roles as both real estate owner and developer, and approval authority over private development projects, to be a conflict of interest.[2]

Projects[edit]

One of the first projects the BRA took on was the demolition of the West End of Boston, in an infamous urban renewal project that generated a considerable negative reaction locally and across the country. At the same time, nineteenth-century buildings around Scollay Square were demolished to make way for the new Government Center.[3] Many consider the finished project (which includes Boston City Hall) an eyesore, and the surrounding large brick plaza as an uncomfortable place to be.[4] Another urban renewal project was the Prudential Tower development over the Boston and Albany Railroad right-of-way in Back Bay; as part of this project, Mechanics Hall on Huntington Avenue was taken by the city using eminent domain and demolished in 1959.

The BRA is currently collaborating with the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy on various development projects such as the Rose Kennedy Greenway, which is being developed atop the Big Dig and is opening up the waterfront to pedestrians. The BRA owns real estate throughout the city and together with community participation through planning initiatives, issues Requests for Proposals as part of the land disposition process in order to achieve neighborhood-based community development goals. Another example of the BRA's work involves collaboration with the State Coastal Zone Management Department for waterfront planning and redevelopment of privately owned and MassPort-owned properties. An example of municipal harbor planning involves the "East Boston Municipal Harbor Plan" where properties of varied ownership along the waterfront are currently being developed[5] and Fort Point Channel development.

The BRA has also undertaken improvements on Columbia Road in Dorchester, a narrow stretch of green space that Frederick Law Olmsted once envisioned as The Dorchesterway, the final link in the Emerald Necklace park system.[6]

History[edit]

Officially a "public body politic and corporate," the BRA was established by the Massachusetts General Court and the Boston City Council in 1957, superseding the authority of the Boston Housing Authority. Its primary goal is to work with Boston businesses and developers in order to provide direction for development in the city of Boston.

Its statutory authority was set forth in the Massachusetts General Laws chapter 121B, section 4, and amended by the Session Laws of 1960, chapter 652, section 12. The agency's redevelopment authority includes the jurisdiction to buy and sell real estate, acquire real estate through eminent domain, and grant tax concessions to encourage commercial and residential development.[7]

On September 27, 2016, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh changed the name of the development agency from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). This change was part of a broader goal to make city government more transparent and to put a friendlier face to a bureaucratic agency that rules upon major construction in the city.[8]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  2. ^ Boston Globe: Sale of Winthrop Square Garage halted after complaint
  3. ^ FUP|web Archived December 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Government Center Boston
  5. ^ Planning Initiatives - Boston Redevelopment Authority Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2009-12-16.  Heart of the City Project, Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Harvard University and Northeastern University
  7. ^ BRA History
  8. ^ Logan, Tim (2016-09-27). "Introducing the new BRA: Walsh to re-name powerful Boston agency". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 


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