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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

The Longwood Medical Area (LMA) is a world-class medical and academic center located between Brookline and Mission Hill.

The LMA features a mix of dense state-of-the-art hospital buildings, attractive college facilities, and apartment housing. Frederick Law Olmstead’s graceful Emerald Necklace park forms the northwest corner of the district. Huntington Avenue, lined with arts and cultural institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts and nearby Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, marks the southeastern edge and is known as Boston's "Avenue of the Arts".

Longwood Medical Area is also a major economic engine for both Boston and the region. World renown medical institutions including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, and other healthcare and research facilities attract billions of dollars in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding annually, making Boston the leading recipient of NIH funding among all U.S. cities for 18 consecutive years.  Simmons College, Emmanuel College, Mass College of Pharmacy, Mass College of Art, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Dental School, and several other academic institutions attract thousands of students. The Longwood Collective offers planning, transportation, and coordination support to the area's many institutions. 

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

Deputy Director of Community Engagement

Department: Communications


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].