North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC)
The North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC) is composed of eight towns and one city that have formed a voluntary association to facilitate cooperative regional planning. The goals of NSPC are to:
- facilitate communication between communities through the participation of local officials involved with planning issues, in concert with MAPC representatives; and
- assist participating communities in setting an agenda for action on planning topics including issues of growth management and land use, which--if thoughtfully addressed--will allow the region to retain its character and its desirability as a place to live and work.
NSPC membership includes town managers and administrators, planning staff, and members of Planning Boards and Boards of Selectmen from the following nine communities: Burlington, Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn.
Meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:00-11:00 AM. Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Meeting locations rotate among member communities.
MAY Meeting is co-sponsored with the MAGIC subregion:
Community Engagement Training
Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM PLEASE NOTE TIMES
Burlington Town Hall Annex, Basement Conference Room
25 Center St., Burlington, MA 01803
This hands-on interactive training proposes 5 Steps that break down the process of creating a public participation strategy. Learn best practices for thoughtful community engagement including examples of meeting design and engaging ways of getting public participation outside of the traditional public meeting format. Emily Torres-Cullinane, MAPC Community Engagement Manager will lead the workshop. There is a $30.00 fee, with AICP credit available.
NSPC Bylaws and Work Plan
NSPC Officers, FY 2014
Co-chair: Kristin Kassner, Town of Burlington
Co-chair: Danielle McKnight, Town of North Reading
Each community has three appointed representatives to NSPC: one appointed by the Board of Selectmen, one appointed by the Planning Board, and one who is an appointed representative to the MAPC Council or the designated alternate to the Council. An MAPC staff person also provides support to NSPC in the role of Subregional Coordinator. All meetings are open to the public.
Questions? For additional information and to join the NSPC mailing list, please contact NSPC Subregional Coordinator and MAPC Regional Planner Amanda Chisholm at (617) 933-0736 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. From April 8 to August 19, 2016 only, please contact Cynthia Wall, Interim Coordinator at 617-933-0756 or at email@example.com
Current Projects involving the Subregion
Woburn Plan for Progress (2015)
The Woburn Plan for Progress is a Comprehensive Plan being developed by the City of Woburn with the support of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council under the direction of the Woburn Plan for Progress Steering Committee. The plan will address a number of topics including housing, economic development, transportation, land use, open space, and hazard mitigation. Learn more about the ongoing Woburn Plan for Progress here.
Reading Strategic Economic Development Action Plan (2015)
The Reading Strategic Economic Development Action Plan will identify the potential for four priority redevelopment areas (PDAs) in Reading to accommodate additional residential, retail, office, and mixed use development and policy and planning recommendations to facilitate development. The Plan builds upon work performed through the North Suburban Planning Council Priority Mapping Project, which identified locally and regionally significant PDAs in the subregion. Learn more about the Reading Strategic Economic Development Action Plan here.
NSPC Priority Mapping Project (2014)
The NSPC Priority Mapping Project was a 1.5 year-long effort to identify and map local and regional priorities for development, preservation, and infrastructure investments within the subregion. The project aimed to:
- Establish community-based priorities and strategies within the NSPC subregion
- Integrate municipal priorities into regional and state development and preservation strategies
- Provide direction for public investments that consider the intrinsic qualities of the subregion while capitalizing on its strengths
Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO)
MAPC is working with the NSPC communities of Reading, North Reading, and Wilmington (as well as the North Shore communities of Danvers, Peabody and Saugus) on the North of Boston Regional Housing Services Office (RHSO) project. Modeled on a successful endeavor in Sudbury, the office will provide affordable housing assistance (affordable housing monitoring services and other local support) to participating municipalities. Learn more by contacting Matt Smith.
Local Energy Action Plan for Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, and Wilmington (2013)
MAPC worked with the towns served by the Reading Municipal Light Department – Lynnfield, North Reading, Reading, and Wilmington – to plan for long-range energy efficiency and renewable energy work. Learn more: http://www.mapc.org/leap.
Wakefield, Melrose, and Reading Transportation Corridor Plan (2012)
MAPC collaborated with Wakefield, Melrose and Reading to develop a coherent, forward-looking transportation plan that will improve upon the existing transportation network. Learn more: http://mapc.org/main-street
Melrose-Wakefield Public Health Services (2009)
The City of Melrose and the Town of Wakefield requested MAPC assistance in discussions and research regarding consolidation of public health services. Initial discussions identified the clear opportunity for Wakefield to contract with Melrose to provide public health services; immediate actions were taken by MAPC to draft a “Contract-for-Services” whereby the Melrose Department of Public Health would serve Wakefield for a negotiated fee. The two municipalities agreed to the contract and as of July 1, 2009, the Wakefield Department of Public Health dissolved and Melrose began providing public health services for both communities.
These projects were funded through the District Local Technical Assistance Program.
Learn more about NSPC Communities
MAPC Council Representative