Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston.
Established in 1963, MAPC is a public agency created under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B Section 24. MAPC is governed by representatives from each city and town in our region, as well as gubernatorial appointees and designees of major public agencies. Learn more about MAPC's Board and Council.
MAPC is a government research organization. It’s many research studies and publications are widely relied upon by lawmakers and other research organizations.
Each municipality in our region belongs to one of eight subregions, each led by one MAPC staff member. Each subregion includes municipal officials and regional and community stakeholders, all of whom work together to develop an annual work plan and priorities.
Take a look at our bylaws!
Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. Our regional plan, MetroCommon 2050, guides our work as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region’s future.
We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, clean energy, healthy communities, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.
Smart Growth Principles
As the regional planning agency for Greater Boston, MAPC adopts the following smart growth principles to guide our work. Click on them to view!
Getting to MAPC
MAPC is located at the corner of Temple Place and Washington Street in Boston. We are located at 60 Temple Place.
MAPC is within walking distance from the Park Street MBTA station, accessible by the Red and Green lines; and the Downtown Crossing station, accessible by the Red and Orange lines.
The SL5 Silver Line bus also stops on Temple Place, almost directly in front of the MAPC office. Plan your route to our office using the MBTA Trip Planner.
MAPC is also accessible by bike! There is a Hubway bike station at the corner of Tremont and Temple place, one block from the MAPC office. Plan your cycling route with MAPC's Greater Boston Cycling and Walking Trailmap.
Walking from Park Street Station: Cross Tremont Street and walk down Winter Street to Washington Street (Macy's will be on the corner). Turn right and walk to the end of the block until you see Temple Place. Walk down Tremont Street in the direction of Boylston Street until you see Temple Place on the left. Walk to the end of Temple Place.
Walking from Downtown Crossing Station: There are several exits from the station: Exiting from Washington Street: walk right on Washington Street until you see Temple Place on the right. Take a right on Temple. MAPC is located at 60 Temple Place.
Exiting from Hawley Street: walk left until you reach Summer Street. Walk right on Summer, towards the intersection of Washington and Summer streets. Take a left onto Washington. Walk one block until you reach Temple Place. MAPC is located at 60 Temple Place.
Exiting from Chauncy Street: walk right on Chauncy until you reach Avenue De Lafayette. Walk down the avenue until you reach Washington Street. Take a right on Washington. Temple Place is the first street on the left. MAPC is located at 60 Temple Place.
Use Google Maps to find detailed directions from your starting location.
From 93 South: Take I-93 South to exit 20A “South Station”. Take a left on Kneeland Street. Take a right on Washington Street. Continue on Washington Street, past the Paramount Theatre. Take a left onto Temple Place. MAPC is located at 60 Temple Place, right near the intersection of Temple Place and Washington Street.
From 93 North and/or Storrow Drive: Take the I-93 North or Storrow Drive to the Purchase Street / South Station exit. Stay in the right-hand side lane, bearing right on Atlantic Avenue. Continue on Atlantic Avenue until you see Kneeland Street on your right. Take a right on Kneeland Street and continue until you see Washington Street. Continue on Washington Street, past the Paramount Theatre. Take a left onto Temple Place. MAPC is located at 60 Temple Place, right near the intersection of Temple Place and Washington Street.
From the Mass Pike (Route 90E): Take exit 24A “Downtown / South Station”. At the bottom of the ramp turn left at the light onto Kneeland Street. After 4 blocks turn right onto Washington Street. Take a right on Washington Street. Continue on Washington Street, past the Paramount Theatre. Take a left onto Temple Place. MAPC is located at 60 Temple Place, right near the intersection of Temple Place and Washington Street.
Public Meetings and Legal Notices
MAPC is committed to improving access to our offices, public meetings and programs. The agency values engaging people from every culture, demographic group, and those with physical limitations in our planning processes.
If you require special accommodations in order to be able to participate at an MAPC meeting or event, please contact our Human Resources team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please request accommodations as far in advance of the event as possible, but at least a week prior to a planned event so that we can have adequate time to accommodate your needs.
Translation and Listening
MAPC owns language interpretation and assisted listening devices that can be brought to our meetings to assist audience members who have special hearing or language needs. We also make these devices available for rent to organizations or municipalities that could benefit from their use.
For more information about renting our interpretation/assisted listening devices, please contact Patrice Faulkner at email@example.com.
Listening Device Rental Agreement form.
Public records requests
The Massachusetts Public Records Law provides that every person has a right of access to public information. This right of access includes the right to inspect, copy or have copies of public records provided.
Please send requests to:
Records Access Officer (RAO)
Marjorie Weinberger, General Counsel
60 Temple Place, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 933-0724
Fax: (617) 482-7185
The Commonwealth enterprise standards are generally based on standards used by the Federal government for technology accessibility for people with disabilities, and web content accessibility guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). For more information about the Federal standards, please visit the Section 508 web site or the Federal Access Board web site. For more information about the W3C guidelines, please visit their web site.
MAPC is in the process of making changes to our office spaces in downtown Boston to improve access for visitors or employees who have visual, hearing, or mobility impairments.