Inner Core Committee (ICC)

Inner Core Committee map screenshotThe Inner Core Committee (ICC) consists of 20 cities and towns within the metropolitan Boston area. ICC emerged as a forum through which issues of mutual concern could be explored and joint and cooperative action fostered. Communities in the ICC region are among the most urban and populous within the MAPC planning area and deal with a host of unique challenges.

The ICC consists of representatives from nineteen of the metropolitan area’s innermost communities:  Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown and Winthrop. The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council are also voting members of the Committee. The Inner Core Committee is MAPC’s largest subregion, representing the largest number of municipalities of any subregion, about 51% of the MAPC region’s population – over 1.6 million residents.

Inner Core Committee meetings are open to the public, and in fact, non-members and representatives of neighboring municipalities are encouraged to attend ICC meetings. In addition to ICC membership, many Inner Core communities are represented in other groups convened by MAPC, including the Council, the Metro Mayors Coalition, and the Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Communities.

See below for information on Inner Core communities, upcoming meetings, and Inner Core Committee documents, and contact information.


Starting in December 2013, the Inner Core Committee will meet quarterly, in December, March, June, and September. Tentatively, meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, starting with a networking breakfast at 8:30, followed by a business meeting from 9:00-11:00am. Some meetings may be followed by a site visit within the subregion. In addition to quarterly meetings, the Inner Core Committee expects to hold 2-3 workshops on current planning topics during the year. The Inner Core Committee newsletter is the best way to stay updated; contact Manisha Bewtra to be added to the email list.

Next Inner Core Committee Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Meeting objectives:

  • To kick off the ICC annual work plan and for the new Chair and Vice Chair to introduce themselves
  • To test and evaluate the new quarterly meeting format
  • To review the TIP and UPWP schedule and identify regional transportation priorities
  • To develop a plan for ongoing advocacy on current topics such as transportation and flood maps


8:30am: Networking Breakfast

9:00-11:00am: Business Meeting

  • Introductions, meeting objectives, and updates
  • Inner Core Committee leadership, work plan, and new meeting format
  • Community exchange
  • Transportation priorities presentation and projects list
  • Advocacy for transportation priorities and financing
  • FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps
  • Meeting evaluation and next steps

Meeting Materials:

Meeting location:

MAPC 3rd Floor Conference Room, 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111

Please RSVP

For questions on the Inner Core Committee, please contact Inner Core Committee Coordinator Manisha Bewtra, AICP at or at 617-933-0757.

See all upcoming MAPC public meetings and agendas

See below for agendas, notes, and handouts from previous meetings

Learn more about the Inner Core communities

Check out this interactive map of MAPC subregions on the MetroBoston DataCommon, or download a letter-size (8.5"x11") map of MAPC subregions. Learn more about MAPC projects by subregion, municipality, or topic with the interactive MetroFuture in Action Map.

Get more detailed information about the 20 Inner Core Committee cities and towns by visiting their Community Snapshot pages, demographic profiles provided by the MetroBoston DataCommon, and by visiting their muncipal websites and municipal planning-related websites:


ICC Representative: Laura Wiener (ICC Chair)


ICC Representative: Jeffrey Wheeler, AICP



ICC Representatives:
City of Boston:
Tom Kadzis
Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA): Vacant




ICC Representative:
Joe Viola


ICC Representative: William Deignan



ICC Representative:
John DePriest, AICP


ICC Representative: Marzie Galazka


ICC Representative: Pauline Sabino



ICC Representative:
Michelle Romero


ICC Representative:
Clodagh Stoker-Long


ICC Representative:
Denise Gaffey


ICC Representative:



ICC Representative:
David Koses



ICC Representative:
Robert Stevens, AICP


ICC Representative:
Frank Stringi



ICC Representative:


ICC Representative:
Lori Massa, AICP


ICC Representative:


ICC Representative:
Steven T. Magoon


ICC Representative:

ICC documents

Previous meetings and events

Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014)

October 2, 2013 Inner Core Committee Leadership Transition and FY14 Work Plan

September 4, 2013 Health Impact Assessments

Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013)

June 5, 2013 MetroBoston DataCommon Training Workshop

May 1, 2013 meeting on the Local Energy Action Program and regional transportation priorities

April 3, 2013 meeting on Preparing for Climate Change in Greater Boston

February 6, 2013 meeting on Organizing and Economic Development Summit: Lessons from Revere

December 5, 2012 meeting on Regional Transportation Priorities

November 7, 2012 meeting on Legislative Priorities and Sustainable Communities, ICC Work Plan Update

October 3, 2012 meeting on FY13 Sustainable Communities Proposal and ICC Annual Work Plan

Provide more transportation choices.

Promote equitable, affordable housing.

Enhance economic competitiveness.

 Support existing communities.

 Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment.

 Value communities and neighborhoods.

Many Inner Core Committee activities through 2013 are supported by the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, in an effort to implement MetroFuture and the Six Federal Livability Principles listed above.

Blueback Herring River Route walk on June 26, 2012The Inner Core Committee teams up with MetroFuture Walks and Talks to learn about planning walking routes along the Mystic River.

LEAP Logo and link to LEAP webpageGreen communities logo and link to webpage

See May 2, 2012 meeting documents or click logos above for more information on LEAP and Green Communities.

Image of 4/4/12 ICC Census Workshop Flyer
Photo of ICC Breakfast Workshop, March 7, 2012

Small group discussion at 3/7/12 ICC Breakfast Workshop

Boston Region MPO Website Thumbnail

Visit the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization's website for more information on regional transportation planning initiatives.


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Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012)

June 26, 2012 Walking Tour of the Blueback Herring River Route

June 6, 2012 Meeting on Inner Core transportation priorities and ideas for the FY13 Sustainable Communities work plan

May 2, 2012 Meeting on Green Communities and the Local Energy Action Program (LEAP)

April 4, 2012 Training Workshop on Getting the Census Data You Need Using American FactFinder 2

This event was funded by the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. It was co-sponsored by the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA), the Mel King Institute for Community Building, the US Census Bureau, and the Tufts GIS Center. 2 AICP CM credits offered, currently pending approval.

March 7, 2012 Breakfast Workshop on Innovative Outreach Strategies and Effective Public Meetings

This event was funded by the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant and the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA). It was co-sponsored by APA-MA and the Mel King Institute for Community Building. 2 AICP CM credits offered, currently pending approval.

February 1, 2012 meeting on Regional Transportation Priorities including FFYs 2013-2016 TIP and FFY 2013 UPWP

January 4, 2012 meeting on Municipal Governments and Accessibility Issues

December 7, 2011 meeting on Inner Core Census Data Trends


For additional information or questions, please contact the Inner Core Committee Coordinator, MAPC Senior Regional Planner Manisha Bewtra, AICP at or 617-933-0757.