Mission and Goals

The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association is to enhance and support planning in Massachusetts through education, advocacy, outreach, communication, and provision of services & resources to members and the larger planning community, in a manner that maximizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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.