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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

Forming the link between Downtown Boston to the east and Allston and Brighton to the west, the Fenway is a residential and commercial hub for Boston. Fenway is best known for the presence of historic Fenway Park, where Boston's beloved Red Sox play, and Frederick Law Olmsted's meandering Emerald Necklace. Fenway, and its sub-neighborhoods of Kenmore Square and Audubon Circle, were annexed by Boston from the nearby Town of Brookline in the 1870s. 

Fenway is home to a buzzing mix of families, young professionals, and students. Housing stock includes stately brick row houses, lining the Charles River and Emerald Necklace, alongside flashy new apartment and condominium towers near Fenway Park. Boylston Street is home to Berklee College of Music, the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Huntington Avenue, which forms the southeast edge of the neighborhood, is lined by Symphony Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Huntington Theater, and New England Conservatory. Huntington Avenue is celebrated as Boston’s “Avenue of the Arts”.  

The commercial hubs of the district include Kenmore Square, Landsdowne Street, Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street. The Kenmore Business Association supports area business owners, and throughout the year the square teems with students and visitors enjoying its many restaurants and hotels. Lansdowne Street is famous for its music venues and nightlife, including the House of Blues, and the street comes alive with outdoor vendors on Red Sox game days. Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street is popular for its restaurants, bars, movie theater, and national retailers.

Fenway is home to numerous academic and medical institutions. These include Emmanuel, Simmons, and Wheelock Colleges, MassArt, Wentworth Institution of Technology, and the Mass College of Pharmacy, all members of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium, as well as Northeastern and Boston Universities. The area also hosts many renowned medical institutions, including Fenway Community Health Center and the nearby hospitals in the Longwood Medical Area. Together, these institutions are supported by the Longwood Collective.

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:

Naoise McDonnell


Brighton, South Dorchester, Fenway, Newmarket Study Area, South End, West Roxbury


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