APA – Massachusetts Chapter » Latest News

Massachusetts Planning – Winter 2018 Newsletter is here!

Here’s the Winter 2018 Issue of Massachusetts Planning! : Winter 2018 Newsletter We hope you enjoy this issue and find the articles interesting, informative and useful.  As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome! Stay tuned for an other edition of Massachusetts Planning, coming in Spring 2018!     … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

Immigration and Urban Planning Challenges and Opportunities for Massachusetts Communities ! – MIT Dept. of Urban Planning

As immigrant communities face increasing fear of deportation and immigration policy hurdles into the media spotlight, the planning profession must ask itself how to respond: How do we answer rhetoric surrounding immigration & refugees? What state and federal policies should we support? How can we elevate and foster the economic development and cultural life occurring in immigrant communities? This workshop will let economic development and land use professionals from municipalities and CDCs, planning students, and immigrants themselves share stories, successes, and questions. Speakers: Liza Ryan:            Director of Organizing, Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Sika Sedzro:        Pittsfield Transformative Development Initiative Fellow Justin Steil:         Assistant Professor of Law and Urban Planning, MIT Theresa Park:     Planning Director, City of Lawrence   Thursday, March 1 6:00 – 8:30 pm 105 mass ave. (MIT building 9) room 255 – dinner & childcare provided rsvp: http://bit.ly/2nXTif … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

City of Portland – RFP Sign Regulations

The City of Portland is seeking proposals from a qualified consultant for the creation of new sign regulations. In June 2017, after a two-year process, the City Council approved the City’s new Comprehensive Plan, Portland’s Plan 2030 (available online at: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/1861/Comprehensive-PlanDocuments). Following this, the Planning & Urban Development Department is now beginning the process of developing a new Unified Land Use Code, incorporating zoning, site plan, subdivision, historic preservation, housing codes and sign regulations into a modern document. The City intends to ensure that regulations of signs are clear, well-organized, responsive to current needs, straightforward to understand and administer, consistent with state and federal law, and representative of best practices in comparable communities. It is expected that new regulations will include all necessary components of comprehensive sign regulations, including: Consistency of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jobs, Latest News

Town of Falmouth Housing Production Plan

Town of Falmouth Request for Proposals Housing Production Plan LEGAL AD The Town of Falmouth seeks a qualified individual or firm to develop an updated Housing Production Plan. Copies of this Request for Proposals (RFP) with instructions and requirements will be available on February 12, 2018 on the Town of Falmouth Website www.falmouthmass.us/bids.aspx Sealed proposals must be prepared in strict accordance with the instructions and requirements contained in this RFP and must be received no later than 11:00 AM on March 8, 2018 at: Town Manager, 59 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, MA 02540. Proposals will be opened immediately after the submission deadline. Late, emailed, faxed and/or unsigned proposals will not be accepted. If it becomes necessary to revise any part of this RFP, an addendum will be issued to all prospective bidders. Any questions about this RFP should be directed in writing to Carla.Feroni@falmouthmass.us. The Town reserves … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jobs, Latest News

Town of Medway -RFP for Planning & Consulting Services

Zoning & Planning Consultant

Request for Proposals Zoning Regulations for Medway’s Oak Grove Urban Renewal Area Overview – The Medway Redevelopment Authority and the Medway Planning and Economic Development Board seek proposals and price quotes from qualified planning/zoning/urban design consultants or consultant teams to develop a new section of the Medway Zoning Bylaw to implement the vision for the redevelopment of Medway’s Oak Grove area as articulated in the recently completed Oak Grove Area Urban Renewal Plan. The plan has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development pursuant to the requirements set forth under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 121B. The plan is posted at the Town of Medway’s web site and is available for review at: https://www.townofmedway.org/community-and-economic-development/pages/medwayoak-grove-urban-renewal-plan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jobs, Latest News

RFQ for Consulting Services to Update Master Plan, City of Bridgeport,CT

The City of Bridgeport is seeking Requests for Qualifications (RFQ’s) for consulting services to update the City’s Master Plan of Conservation and Development.  The full RFQ can be found on BidSync (www.bidsync.com), by searching  ‘PEB035182, RFQ Master Plan Conservation & Development Update.’ Responses are due February 14, 2018. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jobs, Latest News

RFQ for the Development of Unified Development Ordinance and Downtown Form Based Zoning District, City of Keene, NH

City of Keene, NH  Seeks Consultant to Assist in Development of Unified Development Ordinance and Downtown Form Based Zoning District The City of Keene, New Hampshire is seeking the services of a qualified professional planning consulting firm to assist the City in its efforts to develop a unified land development code and to establish Form Based Zoning in its Downtown.  The City is seeking a Consultant team to complete the following tasks: Assist the City in its effort to update and re-structure the City’s land use regulations into an efficient and easy to use unified development code and to align them with the community vision and goals Develop visualizations and graphics to enhance the readability of the regulations Lead an effort to prepare a Form Based Code for the City’s historic downtown area Facilitate related public engagement efforts For more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jobs, Latest News

RFPs for Development of Design Guidelines for Design Review Board & Historic District Commission, Wellesley

RFPs for Development of Design Guidelines for Design Review Board & Historic District Commission   The Town of Wellesley acting through the Design Review Board is seeking to engage a consultant for the purpose of developing Design Guidelines for the Town. The Request for Proposals is available beginning January 11, 2018. The RFP can be obtained at http://wellesleyma.gov/979/Design-Guidelines-RFP or by emailing jrebecchi@wellesleyma.gov. Ten (10) copies of the proposals and one digital copy on CD or flash drive are required, to be delivered on or before 3PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 to: Jeanette Rebecchi, Planning Department Town Hall, Ground Floor 525 Washington Street Wellesley, MA 02482 Bidders must submit separate price and non-price proposals. The Wellesley Design Review Board must approve award of this contract. The Town of Wellesley reserves the right to reject proposals. The Town of Wellesley acting through the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Jobs, Latest News

2018 Smart Cities Awards Call for Nominations: Entries Due January 29, 2018!

2018 Smart Cities Awards Call for Nominations ENTRIES DUE JANUARY 29, 2018 The Technology Division of the American Planning Association is seeking nominations for plans, projects, or initiatives (Project) that have utilized and/or deployed digital tools, applications and methods as part of a planning process plan, project, smart city initiative or policy to be recognized for their innovative achievements. A jury panel of planners, technology industry professionals, and academics will evaluate all eligible nominations based on the guideline criteria below to select the award winners. Those award recipients will be invited to receive their award and showcase their smart cities project at the Technology Division’s Facilitated Discussion session at the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans. Call for Nominations — Full Version Call for Nominations — Summary QUESTIONS Michelle Stephens, AICP, Technology Division Smart Cities Awards … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News

AICP Exam Prep Resources: Reduced Fee AICP Exam Scholarship and 2018 AICP Exam Prep Class

AICP Exam Prep Resources Reduced Fee AICP Exam Scholarship 2018 AICP Exam Prep Class REDUCED FEE AICP EXAM SCHOLARSHIP – deadline January 31, 2018 On behalf of APA National, APA-MA is once again offering 2 AICP Exam Fee Scholarships to chapter members taking the exam in 2018 (both May and November candidates). The AICP Exam Fee Scholarship program was established by APA National to offer assistance to individuals who may defer taking, or are unable to take, the AICP Exam because of the cost. The Massachusetts Chapter encourages individuals with financial barriers to becoming AICP members to submit an application to the Chapter for a reduced exam fee. First time AICP Exam applicants: $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam fee) Previously approved AICP Exam applicants: $75 (exam fee only) Please see our website for more information … Read entire article »

Filed under: Latest News