boston planning & development agency


    Posted Date 09/27/2019
    Job ID
    Development Review
    Grade Level
    # of Hours
    Salary Range
    $60,100 - $75,100
  • Summary

    boston planning & development agency







    Under direction of Director of Development Review, assist with the coordination of the BPDA's role in planning and regulating university and hospital growth throughout the City of Boston. The Planner & Project Manager should demonstrate an urban planning background, knowledge of Boston’s Article 80 Development Review and Approval process, familiarity with Imagine Boston 2030, otherlocal planning initiatives, and the Boston Zoning Code. Ability to serve in a lead role on small, large, and complex assignments; function as a department technical resource in specific area of project management expertise.



    The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in, but not limited to, the information listed below.


    • As a member of the institutional review team assist the senior institutional planner and project manager  in serving as a liaison to various academic and medical instiutations. 
    • Cultivate and develop good working relationships with key personnel and departments from various institutions, including government relations, real estate, facilities, and planning to understand the institutional history and collaborate oncurrent needs.
    • Coordinate and participate in meetings with university and hospital representatives to understand institutional history and current facilities needs.
    • Organize meetings with other BPDA departments and various City of Boston stakeholders to provide feedback on proposed institutional plans and projects and their consistency citywide and neighborhood planning goals.
    • Participate in the development and preparation of Institutional Master Plans (IMP’s).
    • Establish and cultivate effective working relationships with residents and representatives of community groups, government, industry and other entities that have interests in IMP processes.
    • Manage formal Article 80 review of institutional development proposals, with particular attention to citywide and neighborhood planning goals, history of institutions’ relationship with surrounding residential neighborhoods, transportation impacts, student housing production goals, urban design guidelines, and other key planning criteria, as well as standard Article 80 Large Project Review elements.
    • Coordinate public meetings with appointed advisory bodies, residents, neighborhood stakeholders, community groups, abutters, and other interested public parties to present and discuss proposed projects. Moderate and facilitate discussion; plan and implement community participation strategies to solicit useful feedback; serve as a communications link between community/citizen groups and developers. When able, propose and negotiate agreements between institutions or their representatives and community groups to achieve consensus on proposed plans and projects.
    • Participate in the negotiation and, where applicable, implementation of community benefits agreements.
    • Prepare reports, memoranda, recommendations and other materials for BPDA Board review and for presentation to the Boston Zoning Commission.
    • Collaborate with representatives of the BRA's Legal, Urban Design and Planning Department, along with other City, State and Federal agencies or departments in the development review process.
    • Coordinate with the Department of Neighborhood Development to achieve the City’s student housing goals and collaboratively address student housing related issues in the City.
    • Provide direction and technical advice and guidance to other BPDA staff on specific assignments.
    • Maintain and update current knowledge of the Boston Zoning Code, economy, commercial/industrial base, neighborhoods, and institutional constituencies.
    • Utilize skills in urban planning, Article 80 development review, and community engagement to participate in and participate in other agency inititatives, as assigned.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.



    • Bachelors degree in City Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Business or equivalent required.  A Masters degree in similar concentrations preferred. 
    • At least three to five years related experience in urban planning and/or real estate project management.
    • Must demonstrate expertise in Boston’s Article 80 Development Review and Approval process, familiarity with Imagine Boston 2030, otherlocal planning initiaives, and the Boston Zoning Code.
    • Proven ability to achieve successful outcomes in multi-stakeholder processes involving complex urban planning challenges and competing perspectives.
    • Excellent writing skills, both clear and concise, necessary of position.


    WORK ENVIRONMENT: Normal office environment; frequent community meetings and occasional site visits.


    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Little or no exertion; occasional local travel.


    SCOPE: N/A





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