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
- President,Larry Koff, AICP Larry Koff & Associates (617) 566-2338 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President Ken Buckland The Cecil Group 617-426-5050 email@example.com
- Secretary Jane Wheeler Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (617) 452-6562 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer Jim Purdy, AICP Planners Collaborative (617) 338-0018 email@example.com
- Immediate Past President, Philip C. Kennedy, AICP Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. (617) 452-6000 KennedyPC@cdm.com
- At-Large Members:
- Larry Bluestone BPG/Bluestone Planning Group 617-661-0725 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alison Felix PB Americas Inc. 617-960-4953 email@example.com
- Angus Jennings (Representative to Massachusetts Chapter, APA Board) 617-482-1997 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anne McKinnon, AICP Jacobs Engineering Group 617-242-9222 Anne.McKinnon@jacobs.com (Membership)
- Rick Taintor Taintor & Associates, Inc. 978-462-0404 email@example.com
- Graphic Design and Admin Support: Angela Dwyer, Dwyer Design 617-325-4019 firstname.lastname@example.org