Announcing: Boston ZBA Cases Archive
I just published an archive of ZBA appeals cases to the Boston Zoning archive at https://nattaylor.com/eastboston/boston-zoning/. I believe this is the first time that Boston ZBA’s minutes, which document appeals, are available as structured data, and I am excited to offer it to the public! I hope folks find it useful.
The cases archive is offered as a collection of JSON documents that follow the Boston Zoning Appeal Archive Specification. JSON was chosen over a tabular format since the data is quite wide and the contents are unpredictable, so a delimiter format like CSV is not suitable.
The archive currently contains 2,959 from January 2017 to October 2019.
Below are a few examples of what can be done with the data.
The ZBA Minutes are enhanced in a few ways, most notably:
- Parcels For GIS use cases, the appeals are linked their GIS Parcel ID from the City’s assessing data, so that it is easy to map the cases.
- Zoning Code For users unfamiliar with the zoning code,
lookup-articles.jsonis offered to add a description next to the code.
- Cleansing The data is cleansed and normalized to remove typos, etc.
Top 10 Applicants
|25||CAD Builders, LLC|
|22||Oxbow Urban, LLC|
Top 10 Variances
|639||Dimensional Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts|
|438||Dimensional Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts Floor area ratio excessive|
|418||Off-Street Parking and Loading Requirements|
|373||Use Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts|
|211||Dimensional Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts Side yard insufficient|
|198||Dimensional Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts Bldg height excessive (stories)|
|187||Dimensional Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts Rear yard insufficient|
|173||Dimensional Regulations Applicable in Residential Subdistricts Usable open space insufficient|
|149||Roof Structure Restrictions|
|134||Extension of Nonconforming Uses and Reconstruction and Extension of Nonconforming Buildings|
10 Most Recent Approved Appeals
|BOA-449621||135 Bremen Street|
|BZC-30746||585-585B Ashmont Street|
|BOA-596775||158 Lexington Street|
|BOA-570065||10 Everett Street|
|BOA-995279||150 West Canton|
|BOA-996703||15 Arlington Street|
|BOA-998206||643A Tremont Street|
|BOA-973517||82 Chandler Street|
|BOA-973536||82 Chandler Street|
|BOA-909666||265-275 Dartmouth Street|
|BOA-991604||751-753 East Fifth Street|
|BOA-983259||105 M Street|
|BOA-984114||273 Gold Street|
|BOA-981180||199-201 Hampden Street|
|BOA-977345||46 Wareham Street|
|BOA-992424||754 Tremont Street|
|BOA-979491||1530 Tremont Street|
|BOA-997914||295-311 Blue Hill Avenue|
|BOA-924708||213-217 Washington Street|
|BOA-962400||49 Summer Street|
|BOA-903505||49 Hobart Street|
|BOA-944276||98 Prescott Street|
|BOA-937963||12-14 Commonwealth Avenue|
|BOA-939964||77 Worcester Street|
|BOA-994371||77 Worcester Street|