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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

Annexed in 1873, this northwesterly Boston neighborhood is home to a vibrant mix of old and new, residential and commercial. 

Families, who have called Brighton home for generations, share the neighborhood with recent immigrants, students from nearby colleges, and young professionals.  The housing varies between Boston's ubiquitous wooden triple-deckers, more suburban single family homes, and stately brick apartment buildings. In the southwest corner of the neighborhood, The Chestnut Hill Reservoir features a popular shoreline walking trail. 

This diversity of population attracts a diversity of businesses, nonprofits, medical and educational institutions to the area. The eclectic commercial centers of Brighton Center, Cleveland Circle, and Oak Square offer residents and visitors a rich range of options, from ethnic grocery stores to cozy neighborhood pubs. Major tenants of the neighborhood include St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston College, WGBH, and the New Balance Athletic Shoe's world headquarters. Brighton Main Streets supports area business owners. 

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:

Christine Brandao


Allston, Back Bay, Chinatown, North Dorchester, Downtown, West Roxbury


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