North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC)

NSPC Priority Mapping Forum

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 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.

Upcoming Meetings:

NSPC Subregion Meeting
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 am
Stoneham Town Hall

View agenda here

View presentations from recent NSPC meetings

View the full schedule of upcoming MAPC public meetings

NSPC Bylaws and Work Plan

NSPC Bylaws, Revised November 2012

NSPC FY2014 Work Plan

NSPC Leadership

NSPC Officers, FY 2014

Co-chair: Kristin Kassner, Town of Burlington
(Interim) 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

Current Projects involving the Subregion

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

Learn more by visiting the project page.

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:

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:

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.

View an archive of past projects undertaken in the subregion.

Learn more about NSPC Communities as of August 2014

Member Municipality

MAPC Council Representative



Kristin Kassner


Alan Dresios

North Reading



Steven Sadwick


Cynthia Mead


Betsy Sheeran


Carole S. Hamilton


Brian Szekely


Erin Wortman