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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

The BRA and the Office of Jobs and Community Services, in conjunction with the Boston Transportation Department, established a set of development guidelines for the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in February 2003 known as the LMA Interim Guidelines. In January 2004, the BRA invited an expert panel of eight advisors to a two-day briefing session on the LMA, which included representatives from the community, institutions, neighborhoods, and government agencies. Summary meeting minutes, a summary of the comments and questions from the advisors, a short biography of each advisor, event attendees, as well as a list of staff from the City and BRA who have been engaged in LMA Strategic Planning are available below in PDF format.

The Interim Guidelines continue to be in effect and are implemented through the Article 80 development review process. A copy of the LMA Interim Guidelines and corresponding maps are available for download below. They can also be viewed at the Office of the Executive Secretary.

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