City Licensing Board: For the first time in it's history, the City of Boston's Licensing Board is now being appointed by the Mayor of Boston, a change from decades of appointments still coming down from the Governor's Office. The Licensing Board regulates alcohol, food, hotels/inns, lodging, lodging houses, frats, billiards, bowling alleys and fortune tellers across the city. The Mayor was granted this authority as part of the measure handed down by the State Legislature granting the city the authority to offer more Liquor Licenses.
Zoning Board of Appeals: Also yesterday, the Commissioner of the City's Zoning Board of Appeals, Robert Shortsleeve, has stepped down after 14 years of service to the city. No word yet on a replacement.
Beacon Hill Zoning: No more banks, real estate offices or other professional offices in first floor space on Beacon Hill without the approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Those uses have gone from allowed to conditional uses meaning that any applicant proposing any such use will have to go through a community process and Zoning Board of Appeal Process to open such an establishment in that Zoning District. The measure was first proposed by Councilor Zakim after a neighborhood battle following the announcement that Capital One wanted to open one of its 360 Cafes on Charles Street.
Starting a dialogue on the future of urban living in Boston and beyond.