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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 to the northeast, across Boston Harbor, East Boston was built on several islands connected by landfill. It was annexed by City of Boston 1836, and is known today for its residential neighborhoods, transportation links, and recreational opportunities. 

In 1940, East Boston was the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to Boston, infusing the neighborhood with an Old World charm and diversity which it still characterizes today. East Boston is currently home to a blend of longtime residents, young professionals, and predominantly Colombian and Salvadoran immigrants. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation and Constitution Beach offer recreational opportunities to residents, and striking views of the Boston skyline can be had from Piers Park. 

A number of unique restaurants and retailers reflect the diversity of the neighborhood. Maverick Square and Central Square are the main commercial areas, and are supported by East Boston Main Streets. East Boston hosts Logan International Airport, a vital link in Boston's transportation network and New England's largest airport. Though East Boston is not contiguous to Boston, it is easily accessed via the Callahan, Ted Williams, and Sumner Tunnels; the Blue Line T; MBTA ferries; and surface roads to the north. 

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].