Designation Decision for the Gloucester Inner Harbor DPA
Effective April 23, 2014 the Gloucester Harbor DPA has a new boundary. The Secretary has found that the East Gloucester and Smith Cove planning units had predominant uses that did not meet the industrial character criteria for inclusion, and were therefore removed from the DPA.
At the request of the Harbor Plan Committee (HPC) and former Mayor Carolyn Kirk, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) conducted a comprehensive Boundary Review of the City’s Designated Port Area.
Back in 2012, former Mayor Carolyn Kirk convened a panel of leaders and experts from Designated Port Areas to have a thoughtful discussion about general economic vibrancy in the Designated Ports and whether the state designation is providing a helpful framework for development. View more information about the Panel (PDF).