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This is the website for the City of Boston’s new Planning Department, which launched on July 1. The staff and many responsibilities of the Boston Planning & Development Agency have moved to the Planning Department of the City of Boston including planning & zoning, urban design, development review, and real estate divisions. Please excuse any misalignment you may see on our site as we transition to the City. Learn more

At a Glance

Located just southwest of Downtown Boston, Bay Village is a small, historic neighborhood. It was first constructed on a landfill in the 1820s and had been called the Church Street District, South Cove, and Kerry Village before acquiring its current name. The architecture in Bay Village often resemble the homes located in Beacon Hill. The individuals who helped build the Beacon Hill residences lived in Bay Village and built their homes in a smaller, similar style. In the early 20th century, Bay Village was the home of Boston's film industry, and a number of art deco former warehouses and studios still stand. 

Bay Village's narrow streets, historic facades, brick sidewalks, and gas street lamps create an appealing and quiet pedestrian environment in a primarily residential neighborhood. Residents enjoy easy walking access to the surrounding parks, shops, restaurants, and theaters of Downtown, Back Bay, and the South End. 

Community Engagement Managers

The Community Engagement Managers (CEM) of the Planning Department are responsible for assisting staff members with the coordination of all outreach in regard to planning initiatives and proposed development in Boston's neighborhoods. CEMs work to ensure each Planning Department external process actively reflects the community's goals, in addition to being the point of contact for constituent questions. Have questions about a certain project in your neighborhood? Feel free to reach out them at [email protected].

For information about planning context, zoning, or Planning Department processes, please contact [email protected].