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The Designated Port Area (DPA)
DPA Boundary Review
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 have predominant uses that do not meet the industrial character criteria for inclusion, and are therefor removed from the DPA.
    Cover letter to Mayor Kirk
    Designation Decision, including map of revised DPA area

Process
At the request of the Harbor Plan Committee (HPC) and Mayor Carolyn Kirk, the MA Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) agreed to conduct a comprehensive Boundary Review of the city's Designated Port Area.
    
     Presentation by CZM - the Boundary Review process
     Letter from HPC to Mayor Kirk
     Letter from Mayor Kirk to MA Office of CZM
     MA Office of CZM letter - initiating the Review
     Public Comment at initiation of the review

DPA Boundary Designation Report
Issued February 3, 2014, the Office of Coastal Zone Management provided the City with the report of the boundary review of the Designated Port Area that had been requested by the city in April, 2013.
     Letter to the Mayor, February 3, 2013, accompanying the report
     The Gloucester Inner Harbor Designated Port Area Boundary Review Report

Coastal Zone Management will conduct a public hearing on February 24th at 6 pm in the Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall.  Written public comment will be accepted for a period of 30 days ending March 7, 2014.

2012 Kick-off DPA Panel Discussion

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.    more

     Background to the DPA  

     Summary of themes

     Minutes of the panel discussion June 26, 2012


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