Who We Are

About Us

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is the planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. The BPDA plays a far reaching role in shaping the City. We are a self sustaining agency and our love for Boston inspires us to make our City an even better place to live, work, and connect. 

We are 200 professionals who serve the City in a variety of ways—from architects who review the smallest details of a historic building in Roxbury to project managers who host a community meeting for a new affordable housing project in Dorchester. We work hand-in-hand with other City departments and community groups to make our City better. 

The BPDA is charged with growing the tax base, cultivating the private jobs market, training the workforce, encouraging new business to locate in Boston and existing businesses to expand, planning the future of neighborhoods with the community, identifying height and density limits, charting the course for sustainable development and resilient building construction, advocating for multi modal transportation, responding to the city's changing population, producing insightful research on our City, and ensuring Boston retains its distinctive character.

Our Vision

Shaping the future of Boston together.

Our Mission

The BPDA plans and guides inclusive growth in our city—­creating opportunities for everyone to live, work and connect.

Through our future-focused, city-wide lens, we engage communities, implement new solutions, partner for greater impact and track progress.

We focus on planning.

We make comprehensive city planning a priority, and use our tools to shape our city.

Our goal is inclusive growth.

We believe in an inclusive Boston where everyone has opportunity for success. We have translated ‘inclusivity’ into three relatable quality-of-life metrics—Live, Work and Connect.

We see big picture.

We look across Boston from an altitude that allows us to understand it as a complex system, and plan and shape it holistically. We prioritize the future success of our city.

Visit the BPDA

Boston Planning & Development Agency
One City Hall, Ninth Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02201
  • Boston Planning & Development Agency
  • One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
  • Tel: 617.722.4300  Fax: 617.248.1937
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