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Boston Zoning Board of Appeal Decisions Archive

The downloads below contain a compiled archive of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) Decisions derived from the ZBA site. The archive was last updated on 11/21/19 and currently contains over 3,000 cases. For more information about this archive continue reading below or contact nattaylor@gmail.com.

Download Decisions

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About the Archive

The archive was created because the Boston ZBA offers no reports or tabular data, so it is very tedious and error prone to aggregate decisions and observe trends.

The source of the decisions data is the decisions page. The methodology for compiling the decisions, which you can inspect in the source code, is to parse the HTML published by the ZBA then fix typos and other irregularities and translate it into a table.

The source of the cases archive is the minutes page. The methodology for compiling the cases, which you can inspect in the source code, is to convert the Minutes PDFs to HTML, then fix typos and structure each case into a little “document” with properties like purpose, article(s), discussion, testimony and vote. NOTE: In some cases, without indication, properties have been normalized (e.g. “Timuthy” corrected to “Timothy”; “John Smith, Esq.” normalized to “John Smith”) The archive implements the Boston Zoning Appeal Archive Specification v1.0.

If you have questions about the archive, please contact Nat Taylor <nattaylor@gmail.com>

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