DPA Boundary Review

Designated Port Areas (DPAs) within Massachusetts are areas intended to protect coastal areas with the physical and operational features needed for water-dependent industrial businesses. Along Chelsea Creek, areas within Chelsea, Revere, and East Boston were designated as the Chelsea Creek DPA in 1978. As indicated in the Commonwealth’s DPA regulations, the boundaries of a DPA can be reevaluated to determine whether a DPA boundary should remain as it is currently established or whether it should be modified to more appropriately protect and promote the goals of DPA policy. Following a request from several property owners, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) is reevaluating the properties within the Chelsea Creek DPA between the Chelsea Street Bridge, Curtis Street, McClellan Highway, and the Boston/Revere municipal border. Following the comment period, CZM is currently collecting additional information and data prior to issuing a Designation Report. The Report will include areas to be included/excluded, maps of proposed changes, and data and analyses.


DPA Boundary Review

  • + March 22, 2021 Review requested

  • + April 7, 2021 CZM issued the “Notice of Request to Review the Chelsea Creek Designated Port Area (DPA) Boundary”

  • The notice includes the original request: Notice of Request.pdf
  • + October 13, 2021 Public information session

  • CZM published their final Designation Decision and Map Amendment for the Chelsea Creek Designated Port Area (DPA) Boundary in the September 9, 2022 issue of the Environmental Monitor: https://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/EEA/MEPA-eMonitor/home