BPDA Director Brian Golden today announced his resignation after eight years in the post.
The move possibly clears the way for Mayor Wu to begin more widespread changes in the way development happens in Boston - the agency, technically a semi-independent authority under state law, has a say in all large and medium-sized new development in Boston and oversees a number of large "urban renewal" zones across the city.
Mayor Walsh appointed Golden, a former Brighton state representative, to head the former Boston Redevelopment Authority. According to the BPDA:
As the BPDA’s chief executive, Golden has managed the biggest building boom in Boston’s history, while ushering in holistic reforms that have improved how the agency supports the residents of Boston. He focused on improving transparency, accountability, and community engagement, while furthering equitable outcomes throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. As Director, Golden led an intensive operational reform effort over multiple years and rebranded the agency from the former Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to the Boston Planning & Development Agency to better reflect the agency’s mission.
"The Board has seen first hand the instrumental work Brian has led to support economic development and new housing opportunities that lift up our communities, while creating a more transparent, accountable BPDA that better serves the people of Boston," said BPDA Board Chair Priscilla Rojas. "On behalf of the Board, I thank Brian for his many years of service to our city and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."