Massachusetts Association
of Consulting Planners


  • Friday, September 22, 2017 4:00 PM | Daphne Politis

    Amherst Room, UMass Club 1 Beacon St., 32nd Floor, Boston

    Petra Doan is Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. In addition to her research on planning in the developing world, she conducts research on planning issues surrounding the LGBTQ community.  

    RSVP by September 18

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:01 PM | Daphne Politis

    Unless you fell off the Kindle truck yesterday, you understand Amazon probably knows already where it wants to build, meaning the winning jurisdiction will squander resources on a headquarters it would have gotten anyway, argues a Brookings Institution analyst...

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 9:51 PM | Daphne Politis

    The city has turned the data from its massive Climate Ready Boston report into an interactive map that allows you to explore many of the report's findings and projections.

    The tool allows you to layer various data sets onto the map, including sea level rise and flood risk, as well as vulnerable populations and areas of high temperatures. You can zoom in to or search specific places within city limits to see effects there.

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:54 PM | Daphne Politis

    "Millennials want a different kind of suburban
    development that is smart, efficient and sustainable."

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 12:13 PM | Daphne Politis

    Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Consulting Services, City of Taunton on behalf of the Greater Attleboro /Taunton HOME Consortium (GATHC)

    The City of Taunton, on behalf of the GATHC, is seeking separately sealed price and non-price (technical) proposals from qualified consulting professionals to complete an AFH for the 14 communities that comprise the GATHC.  The AFH will need to be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in August of 2018.  Candidates must be familiar with regulations and requirements related to HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule.  A Request for Proposal (RFP) package may be obtained beginning September 18, 2017 by calling Janine Peccini, Program Manager, City of Taunton, at (508)821-1030 or e-mailing

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 9:28 AM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EDT


    Mario Umana Academy, 312 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128

    Please visit the link below to register.

    Climate change brings the threat of sea-level rise, damaging floods, warming temperatures, and changing storm patterns, which are increasingly posing a threat to East Boston. Our diverse and vibrant peninsular community is poised to experience these threats in a big way. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Sandy are teaching us that large urban centers can suffer loss of life and severe property damage. Personal and institutional preparedness are necessary in the face of these increasing challenges.

    The City of Boston and other City/State agencies are making plans to protect East Boston, our people, our businesses, and our community. NOAH is working closely with the City and various agencies so that plans make sense for East Boston. As part of our efforts, we will be organizing and hosting the first-ever East Boston Climate Summit on October 28, 2017.

    Come and learn what planning is in the works, what still needs to be done, and what you can do to participate in shaping future plans. Residents, agencies, and businesses can advise the City and agencies by participating in this unique event. Mayor Marty Walsh, a national climate change leader, is our invited speaker along with Oscar A. Chacón, co-founder and executive director of Alianza Americas. Alianza Americas is an immigrant serving organization. Our elected local representatives will also be speaking. There will be a variety of interesting workshops to attend.

    East Boston's first-ever Climate Summit is an opportunity for us to get facts and then to work together-agencies, departments, neighborhood groups, small businesses, residents-so that we can preserve East Boston for ourselves, our children, and generations to come.

    It's FREE! All are invited.

    Contact Gabriela Boscio ( or Melinda Vega ( for more information or to participate. 

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 5:03 PM | Daphne Politis

    Rather than fading in the age of the internet and digital media, libraries are taking on an even stronger role in community life, bringing together diverse populations and providing access not only to books, but also to offerings as varied as recording studios that let patrons use musical instruments and conversation tables that help immigrants strengthen their language skills. Cafés, coffee bars, lounges, exhibition spaces, and plazas encourage gathering, and expanded children’s areas and teen rooms draw younger people for studying, games, and other activities.

    The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include facilities that strengthen pedestrian links to waterfronts, renovated buildings that open up interiors to views and daylight, a JCPenney store converted into a library and community center, and the refurbishment of a 1960s library that spans a river.

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 3:54 PM | Daphne Politis

    Seeking Your Proposals for NPC18

    The APA Private Practice Division Invites Your Conference Proposals for the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans! The session proposal portal closes on August 31. 

    A Change for 2018

    APA has changed the role of Divisions in NPC session selection. Traditionally, all Divisions were automatically granted one by-right and one facilitated discussion that each Division submitted to APA. For 2018, Divisions will no longer have ‘guaranteed’ sessions. Instead, all sessions will go into the general conference session proposal pool for evaluation. Division members have been invited to participate in the Division evaluation process, which is APA’s new mechanism for including membership in shaping the content of the conference.

    Session Proposal:
    The Private Side of Public Work

    Call for NPC16 Session Speakers

    Have you ever noticed how the media portrays the relationship between the public and private sectors? It is often black-or-white. Either government is bad or government contracts are bad.


    We all know that there is more to the story. The relationship between the public and private sectors is many-faceted and complex. And, it deserves a more nuanced conversation. 

    Based on the podcast The Private Side of Public Work with host Ingrid Heilke,
    this conference panel offers a new angle on the dynamic relationship between private business and public-facing work. This will be a live-action version of the podcast.

    If you are interested in participating as a panelist, please fill out this form today and send an email to

    NPC18 | New Orleans | April 21-24

    Play a Part in Next Year's Premier Planning Event

    APA's National Planning Conference is a first-class event that brings together thousands of planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students. Whether your goal is to contribute expertise and help drive change in the field of planning, learn from your peers and adopt new practices, or connect with like-minded planners who are solving everyday challenges similar to yours, make plans now to join APA in New Orleans.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:51 PM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:49 PM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

Contact: Leonardi Aray, President |
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