Boston Harbor

Press Releases
CLF Continues Fight Against Unlawful Boston Waterfront Plan

“This plan unlawfully puts the interests of developers ahead of the public’s rights on the waterfront,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Approval of this plan not only violates decades-old laws governing the waterfront, but also sets a dangerous precedent by signaling to developers that they can buy their way out of rules that have balanced public and private development interests for years. The state must stop disregarding the public’s rights when it comes to waterfront development.”

Press Releases
Conservation Law Foundation Continues Fight for Public Access to Boston Waterfront

“Both the public at large and the appeal of Boston’s waterfront come out ahead when waterfront plans include ample public spaces and impose reasonable limits to height and density, as current law requires,” said Bradley Campbell, president of Conservation Law Foundation. “In this plan, the city allowed the dictates of developers to trump the rules, and the state in turn blessed the city’s approach with tortured reasoning, justifications, and trade-offs that were never even part of the public process. CLF will ask the courts to declare this plan unlawful, and end the pattern and practice of shortchanging the public trust.”

News Clips
Environmental group objects to zoning that allows waterfront towers

The “private benefits your decision confers on a few private developers dwarf any public benefits being provided,” wrote Heather Miller and Peter Shelley, attorneys for the group. “Critically and fatally to your decision, nowhere do you even articulate exactly how this project primarily serves a public purpose.”

Conservation Matters Articles
Reclaiming the People’s Harbor
by Laurie O'Reilly

A wave of luxury development threatens to wall off the experience of Boston Harbor from the people who paid to clean it up, just as the waterfront was once literally walled off behind the city’s Central Artery expressway. CLF Senior Counsel Peter Shelley remembers the original campaign to clean up the Boston Harbor, and continues to work on current issues of equity and fairness.

Publications
Conservation Matters Spring 2018: Year in Review

In this special issue of Conservation Matters, we want to take you behind the scenes of our work, to give you a glimpse into how we break down challenges and take advantage of opportunities to create a healthy, thriving New England – not just for today, but for generations to come.

News Clips
Cronin, conservation group settle on Seaport development

… Under a settlement with the Conservation Law Foundation, Cronin agreed to increase the width of a planned portion of the Boston Harborwalk, and build and maintain a public dock at least as big as the nearby Pier 4. The South Boston company will also establish a fund for a new public waterfront park and…

Campaigns
Protecting Clean Water in Boston

Boston’s waterways are threatened by sewage and polluted runoff. Fixing Boston’s broken stormwater management system was the last unaddressed issue in the Boston Harbor cleanup.

Press Releases
Massachusetts Gives Huge Handout of Public Land to Private Developer

“This is quite possibly the worst decision ever made on who has access to our public tidelands and waterfront,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “And it now sets a precedent for even worse privatization of public tidelands in the future.  It comes at a time when the public is justifiably upset that wealthy developers and luxury condominiums are walling off Boston Harbor from the people who paid to clean it up and make it attractive in the first place — the people of Massachusetts.”

Blog
Pitch-a-Blanket Day: The Story Behind the #PeoplesHarbor
by Amanda Yanchury

The conversation around public access and rampant development along the Boston Harbor is heating up. But some waterfront properties seem a little confused about the rules for public access – for existing establishments and for the many new projects popping up. Here’s why this matters: Much of the land in the Seaport District is subject…