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:

FY15 Work Plan Discussion & Walk of the Tri-Community Greenway
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 9:00 am – noon
Stoneham Town Hall – Banquet Hall, lower level
35 Central Street, Stoneham, MA 02180

The subregion meets annually in June to develop the work plan for the next fiscal year. Attend this meeting to propose topics and projects the subregion may cover in the FY15 program. Following a discussion about the work plan, members are invited to join us for a walk of a portion of the Tri-Community Greenway in Stoneham.

Please RSVP to Jenn at


9:00 - 9:15 am: Welcome and Community Exchange
9:15 - 9:50 am: FY 15 Work Plan Ideas
9:50 - 10:00 am: Subregion Leadership Discussion
10:00 am - noon: Overview of the Tri-Community Greenway
10:15 am: Depart from Town Hall for a walking tour of a portion of the Greenway in   Stoneham; the tour will end back at Town Hall between
11:30 am and noon.

The total tour will be about 2.6 miles; bring comfortable shoes and water. Snacks will be provided. The tour will be led by MAPC Transportation Planner David Loutzenheiser and members of the Stoneham Greenway Committee; and Friends of the Tri-Community Greenway.

Accessibility: The Banquet Hall is accessible by elevator from the ground floor of Stoneham Town Hall. The portion of the Tri-Community Greenway we will be visiting is unpaved; therefore, portions may be more difficult to navigate for individuals with physical disabilities. Individuals who do not participate in the walking tour portion can view a slideshow of points of interest along the Greenway portion in Stoneham.

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 2013

Co-chair: Betsy Ware, Town of Winchester
Co-chair: Kristin Kassner, Town of Burlington

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 Jennifer Erickson at (617) 933-0759 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

Member Municipality

MAPC Council Representative





Arthur J. Bourque III

North Reading

Greg Balukonis


Steven Sadwick


Anthony C. Kennedy


Betsy Sheeran


Carole S. Hamilton


Elizabeth Ware


Edmund P. Tarallo


9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome and Community Exchange

9:15 – 9:50 am

FY15 Work Plan Ideas

9:50 – 10:00 am

Subregion Leadership

10:00 am – noon

Introduction to the Tri-Community Greenway


10:15 am: Depart from Town Hall for a walking tour of a portion of the Greenway in Stoneham; the tour will end back at Town Hall between 11:30 am and noon.


The total walk will be about 2.6 miles. View the proposed route:


Bring comfortable walking shoes, sungear, and plenty of water!