New Planning Chief Has Eye on Downtown

As he assumes the powers of Boston’s new planning czar, BPDA Director James Arthur Jemison II is paying special attention to the future of downtown zoning and managing a looming development boom in Charlestown.

Somerville Rezones Entire City

Late last week, Somerville became the first Greater Boston municipality in years to completely rewrite its 30-year-old zoning code when its city council adopted a new, form-based code that promotes denser development in many places city-wide.

A Career on Both Sides of the Land Use Table

Noreen O’Toole spent decades reviewing developers’ proposals as a town planner on the South Shore. Now, she’s putting her experience to work helping communities figure out thorny land use questions and developers move projects through local land use boards.