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

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

National Planning Conference 2021 – An Update

  We would like to share some updates with you regarding the National Planning Conference 2021 (NPC21).  As you may be aware NPC21, originally scheduled as a live event in Boston, will be held virtually on May 5-7 due to COVD-19.  Registration for the conference is now open. The Local Host Committee (LHC) is coordinating with APA staff on the nature of local content. A significant component of the conference will be prepared ahead of time and, … Read more

Massachusetts Planners Celebrate Enactment of Housing Choice!

Dear Planning Friends and Colleagues: We wanted to ask you to please take a moment to thank the Baker Administration and the Massachusetts Legislature for passing the first substantive zoning reform effort in 46 years. For your background, on January 14, 2021, Governor Baker signed the Economic Development Bond Bill (H5250), An Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth, which contains the important Housing Choice provisions that the APA-MA and MAPD have championed during this and prior legislative sessions. CLICK HERE to … Read more