About MAPC


MAPC is entering its second half-century! Learn more about our history as a regional planning agency.

Our mission

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The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. Our regional plan, MetroFuture, guides our work as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region’s future.

We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable  transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, clean energy, healthy communities, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds. 

Read our Strategic Plan, adopted on October 29, 2014. This plan will guide our work over the next three to five years.

Read MAPC's Annual Report for more details on recent projects and accomplishments. 

A critical component of MAPC’s mission is to advance equity and cultural competency both internally and in our work throughout the region. Learn more about equity at MAPC

MAPC region

The MAPC region contains 101 cities and towns in Greater Boston, including coastal communities, older industrial centers, rural towns and modern cities. Learn more about the characteristics of the communities in our region using the Community Snapshots tool or Regional Map Gallery on the MetroBoston DataCommon

MAPC works with its cities and towns through eight subregions.

Agency structure

Established in 1963, MAPC is a public agency created under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B Section 24. MAPC is governed by representatives from each city and town in our region, as well as gubernatorial appointees and designees of major public agencies.

Each municipality in our region belongs to one of eight subregions, each led by one MAPC staff member.

The MetroWest subregion is led by an independent board and director. Each subregion includes municipal officials and regional and community stakeholders, all of whom work together to develop an annual work plan and priorities. 

Download a copy of MAPC's bylaws.

MAPC Project Inventory: Summer 2014

As of August 2014, MAPC is engaged in 186 projects including ongoing work, such as sub-regional coordination, as well as discrete, time-limited projects. The agency analyzes our work for geographic distribution, attention to our MetroFuture goals, and other factors.

Download the complete MAPC Project Inventory: summary and analysis.

Public meetings

All public meetings, agendas, and legal notices are posted on our website. 

We strive to make our public meetings and events as accessible as possible to a broad and diverse audience. See more information about language and physical accessibility accomodations at MAPC.