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

APA-MA “Spotlight Series”

In APA-MA’s Spotlight Series, we interview  planners across the Commonwealth about their communities, their newest projects, and their career paths.  Do you have an interesting story to tell about your career that others may find helpful? Or do you know of someone who would be a candidate for the Spotlight Series? If so, please contact us at We would love to hear from you!

City Planning on Jeopardy!

City Planning was a category on last Friday’s “Jeopardy” episode! Take a look and see how many you can get correct! Good Luck!

Massachusetts Planning – Winter 2021

Here’s the Winter 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 Spring 2021!

AICP Diversity Scholarship – Application Available!

The American Planning Association is committed to providing opportunities for all to achieve excellence in planning by fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization and in the planning profession. AICP scholarships help make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to those with financial need. Diversity is an inclusive concept which encompasses, but not is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliation, nationality, … Read more

2020 APA-MA Annual Meeting!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the APA-MA Chapter, it  was a great success! For those who couldn’t join us the one-year Interim Strategic Plan was adopted, which will guide the Chapter for the next year. The break-out sessions were a big hit, allowing attendees to voice their ideas and concerns for the planning profession as we enter a post-COVID world. We will be posting the Report Out for these … Read more

APA-MA/MAPD Annual Awards – Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the  2020 APA-MA Chapter Planning Award winners! We enjoyed celebrating with you, your friends, and fellow award winners at our virtual Awards Ceremony on Friday December 11th. The awards segments have been posted to the APA-MA YouTube channel here. Feel free to share the award videos with your friends, family and community! If you have any questions regarding APA-MA and want to get in touch or engaged, please email us at Congratulations … Read more

PDO Corner

Hello APA-MA Members! I hope that everyone is and well and finding safe ways to continue to interact with family, friends, and colleagues at this time.  At APA-MA we are continuing to do our best to offer professional development opportunities that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.  We are especially looking forward to Virtual Southern New England Planning Association Conference on October 29th and 30th.  APA-MA and APA-RI have teamed up … Read more

APA-Region I Webinar Series – Completing the Count – Planners and the U.S. Census!

  Completing the Count – Planners and the U.S. Census! September 3, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am     Thanks to everyone who participated in this webinar! It was a great success! For those who missed this opportunity the power point presentation for each speaker are available below. A video of the webinar is available by clicking here Speakers: Download Slide show Carly Bari is a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau. In … Read more

Welcome APA-MA Economic Development Committee Co-Chairs!

APA-MA welcomes Paul DiGiuseppe, CNU-A, MPA, Director of Planning & Economic Development, Town of Norton, MA and  Kathleen (Kathy) McCabe, FAICP of McCabe Enterprises  as Economic Development Committee Co-Chairs! Thanks to both for volunteering their time and expertise on behalf of the APA-MA membership. You can find out more about this and other APA-MA committees by visiting our web page at Thanks!