Planning for Housing: Using the APA Policy Guide on Housing! – Webcast

Housing is often a backdrop, shaping our communities and regions. But planners face many challenges in order to adequately address the availability and affordability of housing. Explore the recently adopted APA Policy Guide on Housing to learn about ways you can change the conversation in your community and advance actionable, inclusive policies, including those found in the Planning Home Action Agenda. This webcast is hosted by APA’s Massachusetts Chapter. Fri, Nov 22, 2019 1:00 PM … Read more

Tunnel Vision – APA-MA & BSA Co-Sponsors

The American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA MA) Transportation Committee and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Infra\tecture Knowledge Community co-sponsored a special two-part event which explored tunnel infrastructure on the evening of October 23, 2019. Part one of the event was a tour of an abandoned MBTA tunnel below City Hall Plaza. Guided by City of Boston Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, approximately 80 planners, architects, and engineers had an opportunity to learn about and explore … Read more

City of Springfield – Legacy City highlighted in APA’s “Planning Magazine”

The City of Springfield was recently highlighted in an article in APA’s “Planning Magazine” This article tells a compelling story of revitalization and renewal. Written by Michael Di Pasquale, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who’s research and teaching focus on the revitalization of America’s legacy cities. A planner and registered architect, he is the co-founder of Make-It Springfield. Click here to read all about it!  

APA Foundation Grants Six Scholarships – Three to Students from Massachusetts!

CHICAGO – The American Planning Association Foundation has awarded a total of $25,000 in scholarships to six college students studying to pursue a career in planning. The goal of the scholarships is to make planning more accessible to individuals with limited means, and to attract the best, most talented individuals to the profession. Each of this year’s scholarship recipients has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the planning profession while also creating spaces to increase the diversity and equity of the … Read more

APA-MA Spotlight Series – Ted Harvey

Ted Harvey, Senior Planner/Manager Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), Springfield, MA Ted, tell us about your background: I have a BA in Archaeology and Religion and a MA in Medieval History.  History has always been of interest to me and I originally wanted to go into academia.  However, I went to UMass Amherst for a Master’s in Public Administration.  I kept my new interests alive by volunteering on the Community Development Committee in Amherst and … Read more

APA-MA/MAPD – Housing Choices Endorsement

The American Planning Association- Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) and the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) (together, the “Planning Organizations”) represent over 1,400 professional public and private sector planners with a breadth and depth of disciplinary expertise ranging from land-use and zoning, to economic development, environmental preservation, and housing policy and production. The Planning Organizations are proud to support HB 3507 “An Act to Promote Housing Choices” filed by Governor Baker and his Administration.  This legislation … Read more

Neponset River Greenway – A 2019 Great Place in America Winner!

2019 Great Places in America APA has announced the 2019 Great Places in America winners and the Neponset River Greenway has been honored as a Great Public Space! This year’s Great Streets, Neighborhoods, and Public Spaces make their communities more equitable, accessible, welcoming, and environmentally and economically sustainable for residents and visitors alike. Great Public Spaces provide a social gathering space and foster a sense of community. They bring energy and vitality to their surrounding neighborhoods or nearby … Read more

APA-MA/MAPD Movie N’ Meetup

APA-MA/MAPD Movie N’ Meetup! The movie is “Human Scale”  View the Official Trailer  When:          October 10th, 7:00 pm Where:        MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Sponsors:  APA-MA, Mass. Association of Consulting Planners, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Mass. Association of Planning Directors. Click here for more information and to register  

SNEAPA Registration has opened!

 After reviewing a record 95+ session proposals, the SNEAPA Committee is very excited about this year’s program. View Thursday’s Sessions and Friday’s Sessions to see for yourself! We’ll also have four mobile workshops exploring Springfield’s downtown redevelopment, visiting Springfield’s new murals, touring a recreational and medical cannabis facility, and learning about brownfield redevelopment in Chicopee.  These tours sell out fast so register today to reserve your spot! Online registration closes on October 11th, so register today here View the 2019 Registration Rates … Read more

2019 APA-MA Annual Awards – Nominations Open!

It is time again to recognize and celebrate recent planning success stories and those who make a difference in the planning profession. The American Planning Association – Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) is pleased to announce its 2019 APA-MA Awards Program. The APA-MA awards program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors (MAPD). Each year APA-MA and MAPD acknowledge planners and their work through its awards program. The program is designed to recognize an outstanding … Read more