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12. Designated Port Areas
Authorities: M.G.L. c. 91: Public Waterfront Act; 301 CMR 25.00: Designation of Port Areas; 310 CMR 9.00: Waterways Regulations.
Jurisdiction: State-designated areas of concentrated maritime industrial activities.
Applicability: Projects proposed in Designated Port Areas (DPAs) must be maritime industrial uses or supporting uses.
Regulatory Summary: The state has designated areas in developed ports for the purposes of promoting and protecting marine industrial activities and certain supporting uses. DPAs have been set aside in Gloucester Inner Harbor, Beverly Harbor, Salem Harbor, Lynn, Mystic River, East Boston, Chelsea Creek, South Boston, Weymouth Fore River, New Bedford-Fairhaven, and Mount Hope Bay.
Review Process: Project proposals are reviewed through the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Chapter 91 (21) and Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Federal Consistency Review (22) processes.
Forms: No additional forms for DPA review aside from DEPís Chapter 91 application form.
Fees: No additional fees for DPA review aside from DEPís Chapter 91 license application fee.
MassDEP Waterways Program (617) 292-5696.
Publication Date: Fall, 2003
A publication of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA170Z2338. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.