The American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) is an official Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). We are a 1,400-plus member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Massachusetts communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations.


The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association is to enhance planning in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, outreach, communication, and provision of services & resources to members and the larger planning community.

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Upcoming Events

2019 APA-MA Annual Planning Award Recipients

On December 13, 2019, the American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) celebrated the holiday season and honored innovative planning projects and professionals across Massachusetts during the Annual Awards and Holiday Luncheon at Breed Memorial Hall, Tufts University. To learn more about the 2019 recipients go to: 2019 Annual Award Recipients.


Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity - Call for Volunteers!


APA-MA is organizing a group to focus on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. We are seeking members to participate in this initiative. The group will work on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity, including helping to plan events/activities and identifying strategies to help the chapter increase broader understanding and representation within our field. Please email APA-MA Vice President, Alison LeFlore (alison.leflore@stantec.com) if you're interested in volunteering!


2020 Future City New England - Call for Volunteers

The future city competition is a nationwide competition where students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Each year students are given a city problem to which a solution needs to be incorporated into their future city.Future City New England region has the mission to bring each and every student participating (and their school faculty, parents, mentors, and all involved) a positive learning experience full of fun, teamwork and creativity. We are thrilled you want to be involved! Although this is a competition, we hold the spirit of knowledge to be our number one priority. We aim to see students of all backgrounds throughout New England gaining appreciation for their infrastructure and those who make it possible. We also want the students to understand the design process and work in teams in a similar way to engineering professionals. We want the students to broaden their perspectives on the way the world works and the ways they may want to contribute to it in the future. Click here to volunteer!


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Job Opportunities

  • Assistant Planner – Town of Westport

    Assistant Planner – Town of Westport

    The Town of Westport, MA (pop. 16,000) is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Planner.  Duties and responsibilities include but not limited to: Assist the Planner and the Planning Board in the development and implementation of plans and policies, regulations, bylaws, MS4 permitting, grant writing and warrant articles; conduct …Read More »
  • Transportation Director – Greater Portland Council of Governments

    Transportation Director – Greater Portland Council of Governments

    The Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) is seeking a Transportation Director to lead our innovative team working to improve the Portland Maine region’s transportation network.  GPCOG hosts  the area’s metropolitan planning organization, the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS).  We pride ourselves in managing an excellent planning process with …Read More »
  • Analyst – Transportation Planner p/t – Massport

    Analyst – Transportation Planner p/t – Massport

    The Massachusetts Port Authority is seeking a temporary analyst to support the Strategic & Business Planning unit monitoring, analyzing, reporting on, conducting research for, and developing rigorous, data-driven short-term and long-term technical strategic analysis for Massport with application to all business lines – Aviation, Maritime and Real Estate. The position …Read More »
  • Planner – WestCOG

    Planner – WestCOG

    Salary Range: $55,000-$80,000 (depending on qualifications) with a competitive benefits package Location: Sandy Hook, CT Closing Date: Open until filled or closed About WestCOG The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is a metropolitan and regional planning organization that provides transportation, environmental, economic development, GIS and other planning services to …Read More »
  • Senior Transit Planner – PVPC

    Senior Transit Planner – PVPC

    PVPC seeks a highly qualified and experienced transit professional to work in our transit planning program and  provide extensive technical support services to the region’s transit authority. Candidates must be technically sound and able to handle multiple projects as the primary liaison to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Requires minimum …Read More »
  • Senior Planner – Town of Watertown

    Senior Planner – Town of Watertown

    The Town of Watertown is seeking to fill a dynamic position in a vision-focused Department of Community Development and Planning to provide technical assistance in the fields of housing, community planning and economic development, land use planning, zoning, project review, capital improvements, grants and working with the Planning Board, Board …Read More »

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