Inner Core Committee (ICC)
The 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.
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
- 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
- Detailed PDF Agenda
- Inner Core Committee FY14 Work Plan
- Boston Region MPO documents, including information on transportation priority planning (TIP and UPWP development) and technical assisntance opportunities
- To be provided at meeting: Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) maps by municipality with 2012-2013 changes, as part of our discussion on responding to changes to Flood Insurance maps.
For questions on the Inner Core Committee, please contact Inner Core Committee Coordinator Manisha Bewtra, AICP at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-933-0757.
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 Representative: William Deignan
ICC Representative: Marzie Galazka
ICC Representative: Pauline Sabino
- Inner Core Committee FY12 Work Plan, updated January 2012
- Inner Core Committee Bylaws, last updated July 2008
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
- Learn more about the MetroBoston DataCommon
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
- Inner Core Committee FY13 Sustainable Communities Proposal
- Meeting highlights (coming soon)
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.
The Inner Core Committee teams up with MetroFuture Walks and Talks to learn about planning walking routes along the Mystic River.
See May 2, 2012 meeting documents or click logos above for more information on LEAP and Green Communities.
Small group discussion at 3/7/12 ICC Breakfast Workshop
Visit the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization's website for more information on regional transportation planning initiatives.
How accessible is your workplace?
Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012)
June 26, 2012 Walking Tour of the Blueback Herring River Route
- Event summary and photos
- Event flyer
- Event handout
- Map of the Blueback Herring River Route
- How to Develop Walking Routes to the Lower Mystic River and its Tributaries: A Tool Kit
- Interested in planning walking routes that make rivers and other natural amenities more accessible? Visit the Walking Routes to the Lower Mystic River page or contact MAPC Land Resources Planner Joan Blaustein for more information.
- Join MAPC for other MetroFuture Walks and Talks around the Greater Boston Region!
June 6, 2012 Meeting on Inner Core transportation priorities and ideas for the FY13 Sustainable Communities work plan
- Meeting Highlights
- June 13, 2012 letter to the Boston MPO regarding ICC comments on FFYs 2013-2016 TIP
- June 13, 2012 letter to the Boston MPO regarding ICC comments on FFY 2013 UPWP
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.
- Event flyer
- Questions for the Workshop Instructor? For questions on Census, ACS, and American FactFinder, or to schedule a workshop for your community, please contact US Census Bureau Data Dissemination Specialist Alexandra Barker.
- Questions regarding demographic data for MAPC municipalities or want to schedule a MetroBoston DataCommon training? Contact MAPC Research Analyst Clayton Martin.
- Fill out a workshop evaluation here.
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.
- Event flyer
- Handouts including agenda, speaker biographies, and event materials related to community engagement and facilitating meetings
- Meeting evaluation form - please send to email@example.com when complete
February 1, 2012 meeting on Regional Transportation Priorities including FFYs 2013-2016 TIP and FFY 2013 UPWP
- March 21, 2012 Letter to Boston MPO regarding ICC Transportation Priorities for FFYs 2013-2016 TIP
- ICC FFYs 2013-2016 TIP Development Presentation
- ICC FFYs 2013-2016 Draft Universe of TIP Projects
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-933-0757.