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Charlestown Climate Change Forums – Offshoots

Offshoots, Inc. was hired by the Charlestown Waterfront Coalition to give a series of public presentations on potential future climate impacts for the Charlestown Navy Yard. Based upon information provided by Climate Ready Boston, Offshoots, Inc. summarized flood and climate change risks as well as shared strategies and precedents for climate change resiliency. Offshoots illustrated how improvements at the site scale, neighborhood scale, and regional scale could increase climate resiliency and decrease the risk of flooding.

Charlestown Climate Change Forums – Offshoots

What is Zoning? | Boston Planning & Development Agency

What is Zoning? The Boston Zoning Code is the set of rules by which the City’s neighborhood planning is implemented and dictates the allowed shape, density, and use of development in a given area. It protects Boston’s distinct neighborhoods from the development of buildings or uses that do not harmonize with their surrounding context. Fifteen of the Boston’s twenty-six neighborhoods were once separate towns (or neighborhoods of separate towns). As the years passed, these neighborhoods were slowly annexed by the City of Boston. To this day, many of these neighborhood remain unique in their look and feel compared to the rest of the City. The most recent edition of the Boston Zoning Code, enacted in 1964, has evolved and adapted to accommodate the unique character of these places and it includes many separate maps and amendments. The Boston Planning & Development Agency’s role is not to enforce or manage zoning code and requirements. Rather, the BPDA helps to shape zoning code. After public planning processes and dialogue, the BPDA may petition the Boston Zoning Commission (BZC) to adopt changes that reflect the neighborhood planning goals. The BPDA also reviews development projects which are so large or unique that they cannot be reasonably approved using the existing zoning code. When this occurs, the BPDA uses tools such as Article 80 Project Review, Institutional Master Plans (IMPs), and Planned Development Areas (PDAs) to determine shape, density, and use guidelines. Zoning maps for the City of Boston may be obtained at the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Planning and Zoning Department during regular business hours. Boston Planning & Development Agency staff members are available during regular business hours to assist you with questions about the zoning process, the Zoning Code, and zoning maps. To look up common terms related to zoning, please see the BPDA’s glossary. To find the zoning for a particular site, use the Zoning Viewer online tool to learn how it’s currently zoned and use the links to the Zoning Code and Tables to see what rules apply and to the Assessor for information about ownership. For more information, please contact Bryan Glascock, Deputy Director for Regulatory Planning & Zoning.

What is Zoning? | Boston Planning & Development Agency

PLAN: Charlestown | Boston Planning & Development Agency

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Latest Updates Help us Map Charlestown’s Priorities! This is the interactive mapping tool for PLAN: Charlestown, a neighborhood-wide planning initiative. Guided by Imagine Boston 2030, the PLAN: Charlestown process builds on earlier planning work and will produce a framework to predictably shape the future of Charlestown. With this fun and interactive tool, you can identify various opportunities to preserve, enhance, and grow over the next twenty years. Help us shape the future of Charlestown!  Map.Social Tutorial Summary & Goals In partnership with the community and guided by Imagine Boston 2030 and other past planning efforts, PLAN: Charlestown is a comprehensive planning initiative that will produce a framework to predictably shape the future of the entire neighborhood of Charlestown. PLAN: Charlestown seeks to determine how to accommodate new contextually appropriate growth along the Rutherford Avenue Corridor and in Sullivan Square while preserving the character of its existing residential areas.  PLAN: Charlestown will establish a comprehensive and coordinated plan to ensure the equitable provision of infrastructure to support future land uses and development, mobility connections into and within Charlestown, parks and open space, climate resiliency, affordable housing, as well as strategies to enhance the existing community and preserve its historic assets. The PLAN: Charlestown team is also in close coordination with an interdepartmental working group across city departments and state transportation agencies. While ongoing land disposition processes will continue, no new Requests For Proposals (RFP’s) for BPDA parcels will be issued until those parcels are reviewed, and a plan is created for them, through this process. Learn more about the Advisory Group  Learn more about planning efforts related to PLAN: Charlestown  Please sign up for our mailing list, and stay tuned for updates about future events. Past Events Framing the Future| Thursday October 21, 2021 Please join your neighbors and the PLAN: Charlestown staff team to discuss your vision and goals for the future of Charlestown. At this workshop, we will report back and build on the values, hopes, and concerns Charlestown members identified in prior engagements to finalize a community vision statement and land use goals. This will set the planning framework for the next phase and future workshops where we will dive deeper into priorities, future scenarios, and associated trade offs. Recording| Presentation| Survey Sullivan Square Open Space Meeting (in collaboration with Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Transportation Department, and Hood Park) | Tuesday October 12, 2021 Join us at an online community engagement meeting to discuss what activities and programming you would like to see take place at Ryan Playground, Hood Green and Rutherford Avenue. We will disucss the challenges and opportunities of each site, and how the spaces connect to each other and open space in the greater Charlestown area.  Recording| Presentation| Survey (Closes November 12, 2021) PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 3 | Wednesday, August 18, 2021 The Advisory Group (AG) will play a key role assisting the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in the public participation process involved with the planning initiative. Your active participation and valuable input during regularly scheduled meetings will ensure that the public process and review process is successful Recording| Presentation PLAN: Charlestown Planning Places – Original Peninsula and Lost Village | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 Join your neighbors for the second event of the series for Planning Places. You will discuss and share what future land-use priorities and community benefits should be for different Charlestown sub-areas as part of the ongoing PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative.The PLAN: Charlestown team will share community feedback collected at the first event in this series from the May workshop that focused on Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square.  Recording| Presentation | Charlestown Design Guidelines PLAN: Charlestown Planning Places – Rutherford Ave and Sullivan Square | Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Join your neighbors for a pair of workshops this spring on planning places. You will discuss and share what future land-use priorities and community benefits should be for different Charlestown sub-areas as part of the ongoing PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative. The PLAN: Charlestown team will share community feedback collected at the April workshop. Both workshops will include an interactive presentation, activity, and small group discussions.  Recording | Presentation  PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 2 | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 The Advisory Group (AG) will play a key role assisting the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in the public participation process involved with the planning initiative. Your active participation and valuable input during regularly scheduled meetings will ensure that the public process and review process is successful.  Recording | Presentation PLAN: Charlestown Land Use Through Time Workshop 2 | Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Join your neighbors for a follow-up workshop on future land-use priorities and needs in Charlestown as part of the ongoing PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative. The PLAN: Charlestown team will share community feedback collected at previous workshops Recording | Presentation | Survey (Open until April 21, 2021) PLAN: Charlestown Advisory Group Meeting 1 | Wednesday, February 24, 2021 The Advisory Group (AG) will play a key role assisting the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in the public participation process involved with the planning initiative. Your active participation and valuable input during regularly scheduled meetings will ensure that the public process and review process is successful.  Recording | Presentation PLAN: Charlestown Open Space and Climate Resilience Workshop | Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Building on discussions at previous PLAN: Charlestown community events, the initiative will host a workshop on the topics of climate resilience and open space. Staff from the BPDA and the City of Boston Environment Department will present on past and upcoming phases of Climate Ready Charlestown. Additionally, BPDA and Boston Parks and Recreation staff will expand on October’s Parcel Priority Plan exercise with a discussion of Charlestown’s current parks, and planning for future open space. Recording | Presentation | Open Space Questions | Open Space Photo Repository PLAN: Charlestown Open Office Hours | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 The PLAN: Charlestown team will hold Open Office Hours to review prior meeting materials, and help stakeholders with any technical difficulties using the mapping tool introduced in the October 8, 2020 Land Use Through Time Workshop. Recording | Presentation PLAN: Charlestown Land Use Through Time Workshop | Thursday, October 8, 2020 Based on feedback received at the January 30, 2020 Open House and the August 27, 2020 Open Office Hours, the PLAN: Charlestown neighborhood planning initiative will host a workshop on the topics of history and open space. Preservation experts will present a history of Charlestown’s built environment, and Parks and Recreation staff will present on the topic of public open space Recording | Presentation PLAN: Charlestown August Open Office Hours | Thursday, August 27, 2020 During the August PLAN: Charlestown Open Office Hours, BPDA staff members provided a brief overview of the Kick-off Open House, previewed the next meeting topic, and answered questions from the public.  Recording | Presentation PLAN: Charlestown Kick-off Open House | Thursday, January 30, 2020 The PLAN: Charlestown Kick-off Open House allowed Charlestown community members to share ideas, learn about the planning process and how to get involved. Members were also introduced to members of the City and the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s planning team. Boards | Feedback Advisory Group The Advisory Group (AG) will assist the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and other City agencies in creating a long-term vision for the PLAN: Charlestown initiative. The primary goal of the study will be to develop a new framework for the preservation, enhancement, and growth of Charlestown, while balancing the importance of livability, daylight, walkability, climate change, access to open space, affordability, and a dynamic mix of uses, among others. Member Affiliation Melissa Brennan Associate at Feinberg, Campbell and Zack Brian Callahan Sullivan Square Residential Association Chris Kushcel Transportation Planner at MAPC Mary Chippa Charles Newtown, Board Member Amber Christofferson Mystic River Watershed Association Sarah Coughlin Charlestown Coalition, Partners Health Elaine Donovan Activist, Charlestown Coalition, Neighborhood Council, 02129 Steering Committee Karie Everett Community Activist Shannon Fitzgerald    Charlestown Mothers Association Anda French Boston Society of Architects, Owner French2D Architects Tina Goodnow Charlestown Residents Alliance(BHA), Vice President Julie Hall Charlestown Historical Society Intiya Isaza-Figueroa Resident, Opportunity Communities, Senior Development Manager Nancy Johnsen Charlestown Neighborhood Council Joanne Massaro Retired PWD Commissioner, Active in neighborhood Ryan McCarthy Community Activist-Member of Beautification Committee Mary McCarthy Architect, Finegold and Alexander Architects Lisa McGoff Collins Charlestown Neighborhood Council, Member James Donovan Teamsters Representative Zaire Richardson Youth, Turn It Around Niko Skiadas Resident, Real Estate Professional at JLL Phil Smith Resident, Small Business Background Paul Sullivan Mishawum Resident Karson Tager Resident, Charlestown Neighborhood Council Member Stephanie Ward Resident, Volunteer at Charlestown BGCB Amanda Zettel      Charlestown Preservation Society Ex-Officio Advisory Group Members State Senator Sal DiDomenico State Representative Dan Ryan District City Councilor Lydia Edwards At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George At-Large City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia At-Large City Councilor Michelle Wu

PLAN: Charlestown | Boston Planning & Development Agency

Metropolitan Area Planning Council – Lower Mystic Regional Working Group Report – MAPC

Lower Mystic Regional Working Group Report

This work was the result of more than two years of collaborative effort among the many stakeholders involved in planning for the future of the Sullivan Square area. This study was funded by $550,000 in MassDOT planning funds and $250,000 from the Encore Boston Harbor resort casino. These funds were used to pay for staff time from Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS), as well as facilitation consultants from the Consensus Building Institute, who were selected in a competitive procurement administered by MAPC.

THE REPORT The time has come to tackle the transportation crisis in Sullivan Square and its vicinity. Whether one is a resident or visitor, driver, biker, or pedestrian, bus rider or Orange Line commuter, traveling to and through the area is frequently congested, chaotic, and frustratingly unreliable. Yet despite these challenges, new development is increasingly attracted to the assets and opportunities that exist there. The area around Sullivan square is poised to be one of the state’s premier growth centers, creating thousands of homes and producing millions in tax revenue. Over the last two years, 11 public agencies with a variety of responsibilities have worked together to develop a comprehensive picture of future growth around Sullivan Square, and solutions to the area’s travel woes. The Lower Mystic Regional Working Group concluded that the primary answer to overcoming the area’s transportation challenges amidst its ongoing growth is the robust expansion of public transit services, to be supplemented by other transportation infrastructure improvements and coordinated with changes in local development policies that will support the modal shift from private vehicles to public transit, walking and cycling. This report describes the process the Working Group used to evaluate dozens of options and select those with the best potential for improving travel conditions. It also identifies the next steps for putting the strategy into action through more detailed studies and the creation of funding mechanisms to pay for needed improvements. The problem is serious, the analysis is thorough, and the results are clear. Now is the time to make serious changes to improve Sullivan Square and its environs.

Lower Mystic Regional Working Group Report – MAPC

Boston Harborwalk – Boston Harbor Now

VISIT THE NEW HARBORWALK WEBSITE & DATABASE ABOUT THE HARBORWALK A near-continuous, 43-mile linear park along Boston’s shoreline, the Harborwalk connects Boston’s waterfront neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other.  Nearing completion, it stretches from the Neponset River in lower Dorchester to Constitution Beach in East Boston via Charlestown, the North End, Downtown, Seaport, South Boston and Dorchester. LEARN MORE

Boston Harborwalk – Boston Harbor Now

Charlestown Navy Yard Pier 5 Committee Mission

Our Mission: Waterfront Access Pier 5 Committee The Navy Yard Pier 5 Committee is dedicated to the public’s use and enjoyment of Pier 5 for generations and the multiple ways this can be achieved. Pier 5 Background The Charlestown Navy Yard waterfront is the geographic and historic head of Boston Harbor, yet it is marred by the long-neglected Pier 5, close to the historic USS Constitution on Pier 2. Originally built of wood in 1912, the abandoned concrete Pier 5 served for decades as the center of eleven Navy Yard piers dedicated to the construction of over 200 warships, missile production, and the vital advancement of US naval technology. Here is where the bucolic Charles River and commercial Mystic River flow together into Boston’s inner harbor. Yet, despite Boston’s extensive coastal borders, the city’s center lacks easy public access to the waterfront due to years of intensive commercial, industrial and residential development along its harbor. A chain link fence surrounds Pier 5 today, where its more than 80,000 square feet offer nearly 360 degree views of the harbor, city skyline, and national historic sites. Pier 5 Opportunity Pier 5 provides magnificent views extending from Chelsea, East Boston, to the North End, including the harbor islands and the Boston skyline. Clearly visible from the abandoned pier are dynamic highlights of modern architecture such as the iconic Institute of Contemporary Art and the Zakim Bridge, as well as the venerable 17th century Custom House Tower, the Old North Church, and Charlestown’s Bunker Hill Monument. Nowhere else on Boston’s 47 mile harbor walk can a visitor be so richly rewarded with vistas of Boston’s past, present, and future, displayed in one glorious sweep. Pier 5 offers the opportunity for place-making at the very geographic and historic head of Boston Harbor.  We imagine the reclamation of Pier 5 into a popular waterfront gathering spot for visitors from all over the world. The pier’s extraordinary location affords the potential to give birth to a creative nexus of art, culture and education that is inspired by the historic maritime history unique to this pier and surrounding Navy Yard. Success means that in ten years, Pier 5 will stand next to the U.S.S. Constitution, Zakim Bridge, the Public Garden swan boats, the Old South Meeting House, Acorn Street in Beacon Hill, and the Bunker Hill Monument in any “Top 10” list of Boston sites to visit and experience. READ THE COMMITEE’S MISSION, VISION, PRINCIPLES, & OBJECTIVES JOIN THE PIER 5 COMMITTEE “  ”Most American seaports, including Boston Harbor, have shamefully neglected the splendid history of their maritime efforts.”  — Samuel Eliot Morison IMAGES FROM ACROSS THE NAVY YARD – CLICK ON ARROW TO THE RIGHT FOR MORE IMAGES To Join the Committee, click “Join Us” NAVY YARD PIER 5 COMMITTEE, 197 8TH ST., CHARLESTOWN, MA, 02129MEMBERSHIPS@NAVYYARDPIER5.ORG © 2021 Navy Yard Pier 5 Committee  |  All Rights Reserved

Mission — Charlestown Navy Yard Pier 5 Committee

Trustees of Reservation Piers Park III — One Waterfront

Aerial view of Piers Park III site (middle pier) with the Boston skyline in the background (Credit: Above Summit)

The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) has received official site developer designation from Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to transform the pier adjacent to Piers Park and Piers Park II into a signature waterfront destination, Piers Park III. Join us for a virtual video celebration! Hear from The Trustees, Massport CEO Lisa Wieland, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Piers Park Sailing Center Executive Director Alex DeFronzo, members of our CEO Roundtable and Waterfront Ambassadors, and enjoy an inspiring performance from the Boston Children’s Chorus! Watch below:

Piers Park III — One Waterfront