What is Imagine Boston 2030?

Imagine Boston 2030 is the first citywide plan since 1965 (that’s more than fifty years!). It is a framework to guide the preservation, enhancement, and inclusive growth of our city between now and 2030. This citywide plan will promote quality of life in accessible neighborhoods, inclusive economic growth, a healthy environment and investment in infrastructure, open space and culture. See the Imagine Boston 2030 Goals for further information.

What is the timeline for Imagine Boston 2030?

Boston wasn’t built in a day, and our first citywide plan in 50 years wasn’t either. The following are key milestones along the way.

Baseline Conditions Fall/Winter 2015
Draft Strategic Vision Spring 2016
Draft Physical Vision Spring/Summer 2016
Strategic Vision Plan Summer 2016
Place Based Priorities Fall 2016
Draft Citywide Plan November 2016
Last Draft May 2017
Final Plan July 2017
Implementation Ongoing
Who works on Imagine Boston 2030?

The Imagine Boston 2030 citywide planning effort is being coordinated by the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Planning & Development Agency, with input from residents and a diverse array of stakeholders. Natalia Urtubey, Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030, is Mayor Walsh’s point person for managing this work and fostering collaboration among everyone involved.

How many residents did you heard from?

To shape the plan we have heard from 15,000+ Bostonians from every neighborhood in the city through a number of engagement approaches, including visits from our street team, open houses, visioning sessions, suggestion boxes, text messages, social media, the digital mapping tool coUrbanize, and web surveys.

Why are we doing this planning process now?

It’s been 50 years since Boston last had a citywide plan. The general plan of 1965 sought to reverse Boston’s decline. Fast forward to today, and it’s clear that Boston has undergone an incredible transformation. We’re in the midst of a remarkable period of growth, stimulated by the city’s highly productive economy, growing job sectors and an increasing population, all of which have contributed to a building boom that is reshaping our city and reversing decades of population loss in the late 20th century. The challenge for us today is to harness this energy so that we preserve wisely, enhance equitably, and grow inclusively. If we keep these principles in mind as we chart the course for Boston’s future, we can ensure that our neighborhoods and the city as a whole remain thriving, healthy, and innovative.

How does this plan relate to Boston’s other planning efforts?

Boston is undertaking or has completed several key plans including work on transportation, housing, climate action, and arts and culture. Imagine Boston is the umbrella plan on the citywide scale to ensure that Boston’s investments knit these efforts together to support the City’s vision for inclusive growth. By actively guiding Boston’s growth, we will make investments that yield multiple benefits. New housing will align with transportation investments, open space improvements will reduce climate risk and connect Bostonians to the waterfront, and offices and labs will be located near schools that train Bostonians for quality careers.

How can I get involved?
  • Read the Plan! You can check it out from your neighborhood Boston Public Library branch or read it online!
  • Sign up so we can keep you up to date.
  • Connect with us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using #ImagineBoston.
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