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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

Acquired by Boston in 1868, Mission Hill (then called Parker Hill) has been a cornerstone in Boston's long history. Once filled with farms, breweries, and orchards, Mission Hill has grown into a largely residential neighborhood connecting more central neighborhoods of Boston to Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.

Contained within the neighborhood, the Mission Hill Triangle is an architectural landmark district with a combination of single family homes built by early landowners. Elsewhere on Mission Hill, you can find blocks of traditional brick row houses and iconic triple-deckers.  Mission Hill’s streets wind up and down the steep hill the neighborhood is named for, and spectacular views of Boston’s skyline can be had from the new Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park. 

Brigham Circle, located at the intersection of Tremont Street and Huntington Avenue, marks the transition from residential to medical district and is the main commercial area of Mission Hill.  Home to a number of bars, restaurants, shops, and a major grocery store, Brigham Circle supports the Mission Hill and Longwood Medical Area as the main retail destination. Mission Hill Main Streets supports local 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:

Mark McGonagle


Beacon Hill, Jamaica Plain, Longwood Medical Area, Mission Hill, Roxbury, South Boston


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