An overwhelming number of residents opposed the Municipal Harbor Plan, proposed by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the BRA), at the January 2017 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). The plan is a set of guidelines for zoning and a vision for development and open space for Boston’s waterfront between the North End and Fort Point Channel. The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association listened to a group from Harbor Towers who organized the opposition, stating that the plan is non compliant with Chapter 91 regulations, requiring 50% open space in any development, and should protect the neighborhood from any large tower-style developments along the waterfront.
The latest draft of the Municipal Harbor Plan has produced a vision that is contrary to the public interest and is therefore contrary to those throughout the entire City of Boston, according to the speakers. Despite the overwhelming voices of opposition to the proposed plans, the BPDA has not taken nearly enough of those concerns into account with their new draft, said residents at the meeting. View video coverage of the meeting below: