Mission and Goals

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.

The goals of the Chapter are:

  • To promote the public good through the application of planning for better decision-making;
  • To 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;
  • To 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;
  • To advance the art and science of planning and promote the value of planning within Massachusetts; and
  • To provide services and resources to meet the needs of the planning community.