Working committees

The JPNC does its work through working and ad hoc committees made up of council members and community participants. Each committee reviews issues and concerns brought to it and makes recommendations to the full Council.  The committees may also initiate investigation of issues and concerns within their respective jurisdictions. Send us a message for more information, or contact the committee chairs directly using the email addresses listed below.


Housing & Development 

The Housing & Development Committee advocates for affordable housing in Jamaica Plain by monitoring the development and preservation of housing stock in JP, and by working to ensure that development projects are guided by public participation and an inclusive community process.

Responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Providing a community forum for information and discussion around issues of Jamaica Plain development projects while they are in the early planning and conceptual phases;
  • Working with the City of Boston to ensure a forum for community input into the dispossession of public land;
  • Reviewing developers’ adherence to JPNC guidelines in the areas of inclusionary zoning and transportation-oriented development.

For more information, please send an e-mail to

Public Service 

The Public Service Committee is involved in the areas of judiciary, community relations, public works, transportation, and crime to ensure that Jamaica Plain remains safe and accessible. Responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Reviewing requests for food service, alcohol, and entertainment licensing, and making recommendations to the appropriate licensing board or committee;
  • Working with utilities and city departments to address a range of public safety and public service issues, including street maintenance and repair, trash and snow removal, traffic and parking, and access to public transportation;
  • Partnering with the Boston Police and local crime watch groups to promote safety and tackle crime-related problems.

For more information about the Public Service Committee, please send an email to


The Zoning Committee hears petitions and provides recommendations related to appeals made to the city’s Board of Appeal. Responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Reviewing appeals to the city’s Board of Appeal concerning conditional use permits, changes of occupancy, and variances of the city’s Zoning Code;
  • Reviewing and monitoring the actions, decisions, and agreements entered into with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and other governmental agencies involved in building and land use matters;
  • Monitoring enforcement of Zoning and Building codes.

For more information about the Zoning Committee, please send an email to



Parks +

The Parks + Committee works to promote and protect open space in Jamaica Plain, raise awareness of green issues in Jamaica Plain and advises on neighborhood energy issues.  Responsibilities of the Committee include fostering community around parks and green space; networking with other existing organizations and programs related to maintaining and protecting open space and the environment; advocating for parks and open space and advising on matters related to environmental sustainability, protection and restoration.

For more information about the Parks + Committee,  please send an email to