MAPC's 30-year plan for the Greater Boston region
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Data Services

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Economic Development

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Metropolitan Boston Region, June 2011.
The October 2010, “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” issued by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked Massachusetts second in the nation in encouraging its citizens to improve efficiency in their homes, businesses, industries and transportation systems.
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Low Impact Development (LID) is a more sustainable land development approach that begins with a site planning process that first identifies critical natural resource areas for preservation. LID ensures that maintainenance of natural drainage flow paths, minimization of land clearance, building clustering, and impervious surface reduction are incorporated into the project design. LID includes a specific set of strategies that treat stormwater management at the site level, ensuring that water is managed locally rathern than engineering the discharge of water away from its source.
The Stormwater Bylaws Toolkit compiles model stormwater bylaws and regulations that MAPC has created in partnership with municipalities.
MAPC and project partners developed a Stormwater Utility/Funding Starter Kit for municipalities, to help them take control of local water quality issues by developing a long-term funding source for stormwater management.
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MAPC staff produced a matrix of case studies-based anti-displacement strategies to inform Medford and Somerville's interests in undertaking strategies to manage neighborhood change related to the potential Green Line Route 16 Extension. MAPC summarized recommended methods and policy/strategies as well as reported successes from case study examples.
The Fair Housing Toolkit brings together available resources to help appointed and elected leaders, municipal planning, housing and development officials, developers, citizen board members, and other volunteers understand how to affirmatively further fair housing.
As a municipal leader, you see the impact of foreclosures firsthand and know the ripple effects this crisis has on your community. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and some municipalities are providing assistance to address the causes and effects of foreclosures on our local communities.
MAPC’s Managing Neighborhood Change: Selected Anti-Displacement Strategies in Practice toolkit supports MetroFuture’s Housing Choices goals and strategies for the MAPC region by providing information on anti-displacement best practices and examples of local strategies in action. These strategies are intended to advance the interests of lower-income individuals and families who are at risk of displacement from their neighborhoods due to new investment in housing, businesses, and infrastructure, including transit.
"The Use of Chapter 40R in Massachusetts as a Tool for Smart Growth and Affordable Housing Production" examines how Massachusetts communities have used Chapter 40R in the four-plus years since program regulations were issued in March 2005.
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Land Use

For the first time in many years, legislation regarding how the Commonwealth and local communities regulate land use has been favorably voted out of a legislative committee at the State House.
The Town of Maynard acquired the Maynard Country Club for $2 million in February 2012 using funding from the Maynard Community Preservation Committee. In 2012, the town established the Maynard Golf Course Reuse Committee and sought technical assistance from MAPC to assist the Committee in examining potential future uses for the site.
Mixed Use Zoning: A Planners Guide presents the fundamentals you need to plan a mixed use bylaw. A version of the guide for citizens is also available for download. This guide is based primarily on the experiences of five suburban communities that have prepared bylaws with assistance from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), supported by grants from the state’s Priority Development Fund.
MAPC has been collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Minute Man National Historic Park, and the communities of Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord to help preserve and promote the historic Battle Road Scenic Byway. MAPC and the project partners are working together to create a Corridor Management Plan which will address land use, roadway, tourism, and resource management for this State-designated Scenic Byway.
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MAPC Annual Reports

Download MAPC's annual report and data maps, published each year in a calendar format.
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Miscellaneous Resources

The MAPC Resource Guide on the Federal Economic Stimulus summarizes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), identifies potential grants for Massachusetts municipalities, and outlines the allocation of funds to Massachusetts as an informational resource for our constituents and municipalities.
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Municipal Governance

Through the Commonwealth’s District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program, MAPC provides technical assistance to local governments in the areas of land use and municipal governance. This toolkit provides resources on two types of DLTA-funded services: an Intermunicipal Agreements Resource Guide and a Regional Health District Resource Guide.
The MAPC Municipal Governance team manages several collective purchasing programs: regional services consortiums (RSCs) and collective procurement programs like the Greater Boston Police Council (GBSC).
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Public Health

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Regional Collaboration

The Municipal Health Insurance Resource Center provides comprehensive information about other options that municipalities have in grappling with spiraling health insurance costs.
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Smart Growth

MetroFuture is a bold and achievable plan to make a Greater Boston Region — to better the lives of the people who live and work in Metropolitan Boston between now and 2030. Learn more about the plan in "From Plan to Action: a MetroFuture Plan Summary".
This three-year work plan for the Metro Boston Sustainable Communities Consortium is available as a model for other communities or organizations interested in developing a similar program.
Toward a Sustainable Tax Policy, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explores the links between tax policy and land use decisions in Massachusetts and presents a series of strategies that might tilt decision-makers away from “fiscal zoning” and toward “smart growth” or “sustainable development.”
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Proposed changes to MBTA fares and services would carry significant human and financial costs, resulting in avoidable loss of life and hundreds of millions of dollars per year in lost time, wasted fuel, and preventable hospitalizations and accidents.
See all of the bike transportation projects and reports provided by MAPC.
The Pedestrian Plan identifies actions local governments, advocacy organizations, citizen groups, the private sector, and individuals should take to encourage walking. Adopted and released in June 2010, the Pedestrian Plan addresses the importance of walking, describes existing pedestrian infrastructure in the Boston Region, and recommends policies and programs that will facilitate walking as a convenient, practical and safe mode of transportation.
The initial feasibility study of the Central Massachusetts Railroad right-of-way (ROW) to accommodate both a shared use path (bicycle/pedestrian) and a dedicated busway.
Parking recommendations for downtown Foxborough.
The I-495 Study identifies the existing and future capacity constraints associated with the I-495 Corridor and identifies both methods to move more people through the interchanges and strategies that might reduce the single-person auto trips now moving through these interchanges.
Study to inventory existing services and determine recommendations to improve transit services in the MAGIC Sub-Region.
This white paper, released by Our Transportation Future, reviews state, regional and national literature on the relationship between transportation investment and the economy to make the case that Massachusetts must continue to invest boldly in its transportation future in order to ensure its economic future.
Working with the Town of Needham and the City of Newton, MAPC has developed a concept of operations for providing a transit service on an un-used MBTA rail right-of-way (RoW). The municipalities want to better understand if the RoW could be used to provide a shuttle service to serve future growth and economic development in the area along Needham Street in Newton and Highland Avenue and the New England Business Center in Needham.
The Route 128 Central Corridor Plan addresses the impacts of increased traffic volumes and seeks to reduce single occupancy trips while preserving quality of life and ensuring mobility.
MAPC's Snow Removal Policy Toolkit provides cities and towns with tools to increase snow removal compliance and safety. MAPC's Sidewalk Snow Clearance Policies map, policies and ordinances that address timeframes and fees for snow removal, as well as sample brochures are included in the Toolkit.
This study addressed concerns from the Town of Acton regarding the proposed South Acton commuter rail station design.
Designed to help municipal planners, local officials, developers, citizen board members and advocates understand the transportation impacts of proposed development projects in their communities and identify potential solutions.
This toolkit is designed to help local officials, developers, citizen board members, and advocates understand the sources of parking issues in their communities and identify potential solutions. The strategies outlined in the toolkit address a variety of situations and concerns in ways that save money, protect the environment, support local businesses, and encourage alternatives to driving.
The SWAP Parking Bylaw Project develops a series of recommended regulations that can be adapted by individual communities to update existing parking requirements.
"The Work Undone" describes a selection of unfunded or under-funded projects to maintain, improve and expand the Commonwealth's transportation infrastructure. It was prepared by members of the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA) in response to the findings released by the Transportation Finance Commission (TFC) in March, 2007.
This Toolkit aims to empower local planners and trail advocates by highlighting some of the more creative strategies that municipalities in the MAPC region have used for development, construction and maintenance of walking and bicycling trails.
MAPC resources on transportation finance reform in Massachusetts
The Belmont, Lexington, Waltham Sub Area (Trapelo Road) Study addresses an area encompassing Route 128 on the west, the Waverly MBTA station on the east, Route 2 on the north to Totten Pond Road, and Beaver Street on the south, with Trapelo Road running through the center. This study of Trapelo Road corridor land development and the related transportation impacts provides insights into how to address and plan for these developments throughout the Boston MPO region.
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