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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

Founded in 1629, Charlestown is the City’s oldest neighborhood. Situated just across the harbor and to the north of Downtown, Charlestown is home to the Bunker Hill Monument and historical Charlestown Navy Yard. 

Today Charlestown is an attractive residential neighborhood composed of brick and wood row houses and public housing. In recent years, waterfront condominiums and apartments have been added to the housing mix. The Charlestown Navy Yard, now a popular national park, forms the southern edge of the neighborhood. Both residents and visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Boston skyline from the Navy Yard's green spaces and piers.

In Charlestown, contemporary restaurants and shops thrive alongside the oldest tavern in Massachusetts (Warren Tavern) giving this area a unique flavor. Charlestown boasts two marinas, Constitution Marina and Shipyard Quarters Marina, which keep the waterfront busy. Major tenants of the area include Bunker Hill Community College, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and a branch of Massachusetts General Hospital.  

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:

Jason Ruggiero


East Boston, Charlestown, North End, West End


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