About MAPC


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

Our mission

MAPC 50th anniversary logoThe Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. 

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, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds. Read our updated Strategic Plan for 2010-2015.

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.

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.