By adamg on Thu, 04/11/2019 - 9:10am
The City Council will consider a proposal by Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, North End, Charlestown) to add the loss of existing homes and federal laws that bar housing discrimination to the list of things developers of large projects in Boston would have to address to win city approval.
With the giant Suffolk Downs project looming at one end of her district, Edwards said developers need to start showing what they will do to keep people who already live in a particular area "to remain in communities they have built up and hold dear."
At a council meeting yesterday, Edwards said she is particularly concerned about the impact of projects large enough to warrant a formal "planned development area" designation by the BPDA - which basically throws out a site's current zoning and lets the developer and the BPDA negotiate just what the developer can build.
Edwards notes developers are already required to show what they're doing about transportation and tidelands.