Boston pushes to promote diversity in city development projects

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A new policy requires project applicants to share plans for management roles for women, people of color, and minority and women-owned businesses.

A new planning and development policy aims to diversify Boston’s major development projects.

Mayor Michelle Wu and city planning chief Arthur Jemison announced Thursday that the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) recently passed a policy introducing diversity, equity and inclusion. in the process of submitting major development projects.

The new policy calls on development proponents to share Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) plans for major projects when filing with the BPDA. The agency said the new policy is likely the first of its kind in the country.

“Our residents, developers and businesses all want the same thing: We want to see Boston prosper and grow in a sustainable way, and provide opportunities for all of our residents, especially our young people,” Mayor Wu said. policy aims to ensure that success spills over into our communities, while encouraging sustainable growth and creating more transparent processes.”

Under the policy, applicants filing plans for major projects must include information about the economic participation, employment and management roles of people of color, women and certified minority and women-owned businesses. as part of their project.

BPDA Chief Planning Officer Arthur Jemison stressed that building a city that is fair and representative of Bostonians is important to the agency. This policy, he said, will help the city achieve that goal.

“Development can be a catalyst to not only bring positive investment to our neighborhoods, create good jobs and affordable housing at various levels, but also provide opportunities for wealth creation for those who have historically been excluded from the housing boom. Boston construction,” Jemison said in a statement.

Going forward, the BPDA said it will collect plans to understand disparities in the housing market, increase participation of minority and women-owned businesses, and assess strategies for greater impact.



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