The American Planning Association – Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
The APA-MA Chapter Board consists of an Executive Committee, Regional Representatives, Chapter Committee Chairs, Allied Organization Representatives, University/College Representatives and a Chapter Manager. To view the current members of the Board, see Chapter Board Members. To view the regional boundaries covered by Regional Representatives, see APA-MA Regions Map.
Planning Exists to:
- Promote the public good through the application of planning for better decision making;
- Help meet human needs in a manner that enhances the quality and distribution of resources in the physical, social and economic environment; and
- Advocate an open, informed and inclusive public decision making process to reach rational decisions.
The APA-MA Chapter Exists to:
- Bring together and support the many people and groups in Massachusetts involved in the local, state and regional and national planning process; and
- Promote and achieve planning that is better performed, better understood, and better respected.
- Promote the public good through the application of planning for better decision-making;
- Assist in meeting the needs of residents and citizens in a manner that enhances the quality and distribution of resources in the physical, social and economic environment;
- Advocate for open, informed, transparent, and inclusive public processes for residents, citizens and local officials to make the best decisions for the future of their communities;
- Advance the art and science of planning and promote the value of planning within Massachusetts; and
- Provide services and resources to meet the needs of the planning community.