Guidebook to Massachusetts Land Use 2021!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the sneak preview of the Guidebook to Massachusetts Land Use 2021!  Authors Bob Mitchell, FAICP and Bob Ritchie, Esq. reviewed the Guidebook’s eight chapters covering a range of topics from zoning, subdivision, administration, public records, and the intended use of the guidebook and much more! Participants also learned how to access the Guidebook on the Chapter’s webpage when it becomes available. We will be putting together a … Read more

Community Engagement – Post Pandemic Lessons!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this virtual event! It was a great success! For those of you who couldn’t be here today this event was recorded and can be viewed by clicking this link: Community Engagement – Post Pandemic Lessons! Be on the lookout for future events sponsored by the APA-MA Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee! Questions? Email us at     CM 1.0  

COVID Extreme Hardship CM Exemption

Dear Chapter Member, 2020 and 2021 have been difficult years for planners across the country. If the pandemic interrupted your professional development plans, the COVID Extreme Hardship CM Exemption or Unemployed/In Transition Exemption may help you retain your AICP credential. COVID Extreme Hardship Exemption This exemption reduces your CM requirements for every quarter of a year that you or your family were affected by COVID-19. Learn more and apply for the COVID Extreme Hardship exemption. Unemployed/In … Read more

Rain Date – July Planner’s Therapy!

Rain Date! Join us for July’s Planner’s Therapy!  Saturday July 24th Live Event! Are you ready for an in-person Planner’s Therapy?  We have a special event just for you! Bring your partner, your family, and even your dog!  Hollis Hills Farm will be featuring a live concert for free!  While you watch and get your therapy, you have the option to purchase food, hand-dipped ice cream, or beverage.  There are also plenty of goats, sheep, and cattle, … Read more

Spring 2021 Massachusetts Planning!

Here’s the Spring 2021 issue of Massachusetts Planning!  We hope you enjoy this issue and find the articles interesting, informative and useful.  As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome! Stay tuned for another edition of Massachusetts Planning coming in Summer 2021!

Request for Ideas! – NNECAPA

The Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) is pleased to host its 2021 Conference from Wednesday October 13th thru Friday October 15th  in downtown Burlington, Vermont at the Hilton. The theme for this year’s conference is: NNECAPA 2021: Virtual | Reality  Envisioning a New Normal “Virtual Reality is a simulated experience that can be similar to or completely different from the real world.” – Wikipedia While VR is often about tech, this year’s theme is more … Read more

On Demand CM Sessions – Law and Ethics!

Are you looking for law and ethics opportunities? We have two distance education sessions available for on-demand viewing through December 31, 2021: CM | 1.5 LAW >> Public Art Life Cycle: Concept to Commission CM | 1.5 ETHICS >> Ethics for Planners    

Sponsor a Planner’s Therapy!

Want an opportunity to boost your business while supporting the well-being of Planner’s at the same time?  Sponsor a Planner’s Therapy event this year.  This month’s sponsorship is open for the taking.  If interested please contact the Social Event’s Coordinator, Elizabeth Wood at  The first entity to email that address with a request will be deemed April’s sponsor.  Early bird gets the worm!

Wanted: NPC Blog Posts!

APA National wants to spotlight Boston + Massachusetts leading up to NPC and we need your help! We have only a few weeks to coordinate a series of blog posts. We’re looking for articles between 400 and 1,200 words on a variety of topics. We’re flexible on topics, but would like to promote Boston and talk about different activities in the planning-sphere: housing, transportation, tactical urbanism, and adaptive reuse (especially energy retrofits). If you have … Read more