For more than a year, the Boston Redevelopment Authority has been pushing for an extension of its broad urban-renewal powers, including the right to take property by eminent domain in areas that are deemed blighted.

It’s been a tough sell, given the BRA’s role in the infamous demolition of Boston’s West End half a century ago—and the BRA’s role managing both planning and development in the city, which has drawn plenty of criticism over the years.

On Wednesday, though, all that outreach paid off. The Boston City Council voted to extend urban renewal in 14 Boston neighborhoods—but for six years, not the 10 years the BRA originally sought.

Boston City Council President Michelle Wu said she’d been wary of the BRA's request, but changed her mind after the BRA agreed to open its books and accept more oversight.

“In my mind, it was about getting the BRA’s commitment for six-month check-ins with the council,” Wu told WGBH News. “Having that regular oversight every six months enables us as a council to monitor, and keep pushing, and give residents a continual voice in the process.”

Still, Wu called her vote a “tough decision.” And she wasn’t the only one who struck a skeptical note: At one point in Wednesday’s meeting, Councilor Sal LaMattina questioned why thriving neighborhoods like Charlestown and the North End Waterfront are still designated for urban renewal at all.

In the end, though, only three councilors actually voted against the extension: Ayanna Pressley, Josh Zakim, and Tito Jackson.

Of that group, Jackson was the only one who explained his rationale prior to the council’s vote.

“I believe that often times, urban renewal has been used as a sledgehammer when we needed a small, very precise tool in our community,” Jackson said. “I also know that meetings and outreach do not mean engagement,” he added. “Just because we met with people does not mean we listened to them.

In his district, Jackson added, it was clear that the public doesn’t want urban renewal to continue.

But the Boston City Council does—which means the BRA’s amended proposal for a six-year extension will now go to the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Approval there is expected relatively quickly.