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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 South Boston Waterfront, located just southeast across Fort Point Channel from Downtown, includes the Fort Port neighborhood on the western edge; Fan Pier, the Seaport World Trade Center, and the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park to the east. All of these locations are rapidly transforming the area from historic warehouses and industrial space into a creative, tech, and residential hub for the city. 

Numerous apartment buildings have recently been built or are in development in the Innovation District, offering residents apartment, condominium, and micro-unit options. Historic Fort Point hosts affordable artists' units along with market rate "loft living" opportunities in former warehouses. Boston's Harborwalk runs along the piers, connecting residents to the 45-mile waterfront path network. Numerous cultural and civic institutions are located in the South Boston Waterfront, including the Children's Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art, Bank of America Pavilion, and John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse.

Offering a dynamic mix of opportunities and spaces, the South Boston Waterfront draws a huge range of businesses and events. Just inland from the Harborwalk, a burgeoning  tech and biotech community is attracting organizations, entrepreneurs, and designers into a cluster of  flexible office spaces and unique live-work buildings. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center as well as the World Trade Center host numerous large events each year, while the large piers offer the perfect setting for traditions such as the Tall Ships Festival and Cirque de Soleil. Boston Marine Industrial Park is home to Boston’s cruise ship terminal, seafood processing and wholesaling buildings, Harpoon Brewery, and Boston Design Center. Unique pop-up restaurants and shops appear each summer, enlivening the waterfront. Several hotels accommodate visitors to the area. Area business owners are supported by Boston's Innovation District team, Friends of Fort Point Channel, and the Boston Marine Park Business Association.

The South Boston Waterfront enjoys excellent access to Boston’s transportation systems, including I-90, the Silver Line, and several MBTA buses. Logan Airport and South Station are just a Silver Line stop away in each direction. 

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].