On April 5, 2023, the Boston City Council voted 8–4 (Councilor Breadon was absent) to adopt the state’s Specialized Code, pursuant to the filing of an ordinance Mayor Wu. The Mayor signed the ordinance the following week. Previously, six other communities (Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, and Watertown) had voted unanimously or near-unanimously to adopt the code, and approximately 24 more towns and cities are expected to pass the Specialized Code in the coming months. As of Boston’s vote, 16% of the state’s population has opted in. The Specialized Code encourages all-electric new construction by requiring new buildings and major renovations to be all-electric ready. It also advances energy efficiency.
On February 8, 2023, Chief of Planning Arthur Jemison announced the hiring of Aimee Chambers as the new Director of Planning.
On Feb. 3, 2023, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) issued an Adequacy Determination that disapproves the 990 American Legion development proposal as currently designed. As a conditional disapproval, the developer now has the option of significantly modifying their proposal to address the issues spelled out in the disapproval.
To save on your electricity bill, join Boston Community Choice Energy (BCCE), where all three tier rates are lower than Eversource’s Basic rate, guaranteed through December 2023. This includes if you opt up to 100% renewable electricity! Sign up for BCCE now and/or opt up for 100% renewables; it takes only seconds on the City’s website here.
Whenever we talk to neighborhood associations or developers or others about building proposals and advocate for all-electric net-zero-carbon construction, everyone’s first question is always, “How much extra will it cost?” This important and highly anticipated report just released from the Massachusetts chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) finds that zero energy buildings are a great investment and are less expensive than stakeholders have previously assumed.
Here is why we need all new buildings in Boston to work toward being net-zero carbon, and we need to do it now since we are in the midst of the third largest building boom Boston has ever witnessed.
By Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies
“The City of Boston, when it should be working vigorously to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is allowing housing for the superrich that locks the city into new fossil fuel infrastructure. . . . ” Read the rest of the article and view the parody video by clicking the “Read More” button below.