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CZM Public Notices

Find links to selected notices from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

Please Note: All official CZM notices (including federal consistency review notices) are published in the Public Notices section of the Environmental Monitor, the bi-weekly publication from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office.

Information about selected CZM public notices is also included below.

See Contact CZM for email, phone, and mail contact options for the CZM central and regional offices.

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Comment Opportunities

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Recent Municipal Harbor Plan and Designated Port Area Decisions

NEW: Decision Issued on Harbor Plan for Salem - On May 17, 2023, the Decision on the Request for Approval of the Salem Municipal Harbor Plan Renewal and Designated Port Area Master Plan (PDF, 711 KB) was issued by the Secretary of EEA. The 2023 renewal encompasses the Salem shoreline and adjacent landside areas between Winter Island and Palmer Cove, as well as an area adjacent to the North River. Building off the City’s past waterfront successes, this renewal establishes a vision for the future of Salem Harbor that is consistent with previous community visioning processes. This plan renewal seeks to protect and enhance the economic, environmental, historic, and cultural resources related to Salem Harbor and the North River, and to achieve a balance between the residential and business needs of the adjacent neighborhoods, opportunities for the entire city, and the value of the Port of Salem as a regional economic resource. The new Municipal Harbor Plan also includes a Designated Port Area (DPA) Master Plan that details a strategy to preserve and enhance the capacity of the DPA to accommodate water-dependent industries and prevent substantial displacement of these activities by non-water-dependent uses. The Secretary’s Decision approves the Plan with modifications and conditions to ensure that sufficient space along the water’s edge will be devoted exclusively to water-dependent use and public access and that conditions of the ground-level environment will be conducive to water-dependent activity and public access. For questions, please contact Kathryn Glenn, CZM North Shore Regional Coordinator, at kathryn.glenn@mass.gov.

Clarification on 2009 South Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan (MHP) Amendment - On April 25, 2023, CZM issued a clarification (PDF, 146 KB) on the building height and Water-Dependent Use Zone (WDUZ) substitute provisions approved under the Secretary’s Decision on the 2009 South Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan Amendment (PDF, 590 KB) in response to a February request from the Boston Planning & Development Agency. The Environmental and Energy Secretary concurred that the proposed height changes and WDUZ reconfiguration are consistent with the standards and original intent of the 2009 MHP Amendment and will improve the overall effectiveness of the planning area to ensure an active, accessible, and resilient public open space. For questions, contact Joanna Yelen, CZM Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator, at joanna.m.yelen@mass.gov.

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