This could really go either way.The city councilor says her goal is to “empower people to be part of shaping our city’s growth.”www.bostonglobe.com
Replacing the BDPA with a "community-focused" approval process that would end up getting nothing approved in practice (see: San Francisco) would be a negative. But taking away power from the BPDA by liberalizing zoning (see: Minneapolis) and giving out fewer special permits as a result would be a positive.
I haven't read Wu's entire report (pdf) yet, but in my quick skim I see some points that appear to be in support of a more restrictive approval process while others that appear to endorse a more generous one. At a very high level, however, a lot of her rhetoric does sound very NIMBY-inspired.
As always the devil is in the details, and we'll see how this all shakes out. I look forward to reading the whole report this evening.