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The JPNC does its work through an Executive Committee and working 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, and committees 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 assure 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

Environment, Parks & Energy  —

The Environment, Parks & Energy 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 Environment, Parks & Energy Committee  please send an email to info@jpnc.org.

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 psc.jpnc@gmail.com

Zoning –
The Zoning Committee hears cases 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 zoning.jpnc@gmail.com

Ad-Hoc Committee on Forest Hills Development 

The Ad-Hoc Committee on Forest Hills Development addresses the numerous transportation, public safety, development and zoning issues confronting residents, users of, and businesses in the Forest Hills area. Responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Seeking that the residents and businesses of the Forest Hills community are aware and informed of the magnitude of the construction projects going forward in their neighborhood;
  • Seeking that the elected officials representing the Forest Hills area are aware of, and knowledgeable about, the existing and proposed construction projects, their time lines and their potential impacts on the community;
  • Making sure that the relevant state and city departments and agencies responsible for, or having jurisdiction over, these projects are reviewing the project plans and communicating and coordinating with each other;
  • Seeking that satisfactory procedures are in place to address problems and issues as they arise; and,
  • Seeking that a regular community input process be established to address concerns of the residents and businesses of the Forest Hills community.

For more information about the Ad-Hoc Committee on Forest Hills Development, please email foresthills.jpnc@gmail.com.

Jackson Square Community Advisory Committee –
The JPNC’s Red Burrows is Council representative to the Jackson Square CAC. CAC members are helping to guide many elements of the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative, a comprehensive, multi-phase effort to create an environmentally friendly, transit-oriented redevelopment of the Jackson Square area. The initiative includes:

  • Hundreds of affordable and market-rate new homes
  • New office, retail, and green space
  • New recreational opportunities and programs for youth and families