Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners

The Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners was founded in the early 1970’s, this informal federation of planning consultants has been organized to promote the private sector of the planning profession, to improve planning services to both public and private clients, and to participate cooperatively with all planning groups and activities. Professional planning practitioners generally fall into four categories as follows: those employed by public agencies such as cities, towns, regions, and the Commonwealth; those whose principal activity is the teaching of planning at the graduate or undergraduate level; those employed by private organizations in a professional planning role; and those employed by, or engaged as, private planning consultants. The Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners is comprised of individuals and firms whose staff, or a major division thereof, are engaged in private professional planning consulting. By joining the Association, members subscribe to both a Code of Professional Objectives and a Code of Professional Conduct.

Code of Professional Objectives

The Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners was established to advance the public welfare through the recognition and encouragement of the private practice of planning. Its members subscribe to the following Code of Professional Objectives:

  • To provide competent and objective professional guidance to public and private clients in furthering the improvement and/or protection of the human and natural environment.
  • To improve the quality of private professional planning services generally available to public or private clients.
  • To encourage an open and structured procedure in the selection of private planning consultants.
  • To carry out a program of public education which clarifies the role of the private planning consultant.
  • To respond to legislative or other public issues potentially affecting the practice of planning.

Code of Professional Conduct

Member firms of the Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners subscribe to the following Code of Professional Conduct:

  • General Members will encourage the exchange of professional information with other planners, professionals, officials, students, and interested citizens, and insure proper credit for planning work by others. Members will not offer compensation or reward in any form for recommendation or securing of employment. Members will solicit commissions according to high professional standards.
  • Relationship to Clients Members will not accept an assignment where the existence of, or even the appearance of, a conflict of interest would impair the objective and unprejudiced discharge or professional responsibility. Except as required by law, members will not divulge information developed for a client without that client’s consent.
  • Relationship to Other Planners Members will not undertake the review of the work of another planner consulting for that same client without that other planner having been notified. Members will not attempt to supplant another planner after definite steps have been taken by a client towards the latter’s retention, nor will a member undertake a commission for which another planner has been previously employed without determining that the original employment has been definitely terminated

Executive Committee

Daphne Politis, Principal
Community Circle
Six Dover Lane
Lexington, MA 02421

Vice President
Scott D. Turner, PE, AICP, LEED AP ND
Director of Planning
Nitsch Engineering
2 Center Plaza, Suite 430
Boston, MA 02108

John Gelcich, AICP
Senior Planner
Beals + Thomas
508-366-0560 ext. 4806

Treasurer and Membership
Anne McKinnon, AICP
Jacobs Engineering Group

Program Development
Leonardi Aray
Leonardi Aray Architects LLC
1035 Cambridge Street Suite 1
Cambridge, MA 02141

Graphic Design
Amy Kvistad
Amy Kvistad Design

Anne L. McKinnon AICP
Jacobs Engineering Group
Transportation Planner
617-532-4234 direct
617-242-9222 main
617-242-9824 fax
343 Congress St.
Boston, MA  02210