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[Webinar] Progress and Planning Ahead: Shared Streets Initiatives in Massachusetts @ Zoom
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
MassDOT is planning to open another round of Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program funding in January 2022. Applications will be accepted between January 10 and March 1.
On January 5 at 10 a.m., join us for a webinar on this latest round of funding, which will focus on both transit and roadway safety.
We’ll learn more about the newest funding round and hear about “Quick and Creative Street Projects: Measuring the Impact in Massachusetts.” The new Barr Foundation report provides examples and data from 23 municipalities that experimented with innovative, low-cost street projects over the course of 2020 and 2021.
MetroCommon Research Release: Rethinking the Suburban Strip @ Zoom
Jan 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

We’ll hear from experts on retrofitting suburbia, get a first look at MAPC’s interactive report and website, and discuss opportunities for you to transform suburban space to meet new needs.

Creating an Equitable and Resilient Region: MetroCommon 2050 Launch @ John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Creating an Equitable and Resilient Region: MetroCommon 2050 Launch

Thursday, May 5
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Click Here to Register
Join us—in person!—for the launch of MetroCommon 2050: Greater Boston’s regional policy and land use plan! To build the Greater Boston we all want, everyone has to work together. MetroCommon 2050 is our roadmap to a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous region. At this launch, you’ll learn about the plan, meet and hear from inspired leaders, and learn what you can do. We hope to see you there! Questions? Email Sasha Parodi at
2022 Statewide Municipal Partnerships Conference @ College of the Holy Cross
Sep 29 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Mass. Association of Regional Planning Agencies and Division of Local Services to hear from special guests Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, the Governor’s former Chief of Staff, Steve Kadish, as well as Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card about how to make the most of unprecedented infrastructure modernization resources and build a firm foundation for our Commonwealth’s future. Click here to register.

“Building the Foundation for our Future: Equitable Infrastructure Modernization in Massachusetts” will be hosted at College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, September 29, 2022.

After remarks from the Governor and Lt. Governor, we’ll welcome to the stage Secretaries Tesler, Acosta, Kennealy and Card to talk about the potential available funding in each of their fields, and how communities can work with the Commonwealth to make the most of this funding, followed by a brief audience Q&A.

Afternoon workshops led by senior administration officials and local leaders from across the Commonwealth provide the chance, among other things, to dive deeper into these funding opportunities, think through the challenges facing your community, and hear from other communities looking to work through those same challenges.

Finally, you’ll hear from former Baker Chief of Staff and Harvard Taubman Center Senior Fellow Steve Kadish about some of the most promising strategies for working with community members and stakeholders to make the local change that our communities need.

Workshop topics include:

  • Building the Municipal Workforce Pipeline: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Early Education Reimagined: Funding Reform and Municipal Implications
  • Broadening Broadband: Expanding Access to High-Speed Internet
  • Transportation Infrastructure and Recovery: Stimulating Local Economies with Infrastructure Improvements
Local Guidelines for Resilient, Efficient, and Affordable Buildings @ Zoom (Virtual)
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Melrose, Malden, and Medford worked with the MAPC to collaboratively develop sustainable and resilient building design guidelines for residential and mixed-use developments and retrofits. These voluntary guidelines will help these communities encourage developers to build more more affordable housing that is energy-efficient and climate-resilient.

Join us for an interactive webinar on April 26 at 12:00 p.m. to learn about the guidelines and hear from the communities about how they plan to use them to shape green, affordable development. 

Register here.

CTPS Presentation: Resilience in Transportation Planning @ Zoom (Virtual)
May 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:05 pm

The Central Transportation Planning Staff to the Boston MPO is hosting an upcoming discussion on resilience in transportation planning at next week’s Regional Transportation Advisory Council meeting on May 10, from 2:30-4:05 PM. The Advisory Council is an independent public body that meets monthly to discuss transportation topics in the Boston region and help direct the Boston MPO’s work by advising staff and voting on the MPO board. 

Staff will be discussing the MPO’s environmental and resilience work, and will welcome feedback on goals and ideas for the resilience program and priorities for incorporating resilience and climate adaptation into transportation planning.

You can find a Zoom link for the 5/10 Advisory Council meeting on the MPO Calendar, where a detailed agenda and more materials will be posted shortly. 

Please reach out to Stella Jordan at if you have any questions.

Webinar: Building a Better RAFT – Improving Access to Emergency Rental Assistance in MA @ Zoom (Virtual)
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Launched by the Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), the Neighborhood Emergency Housing Support Program provided funding to community-based organizations (CBOs) with cultural and linguistic competency to outreach to residents about available housing stability resources. Additional funding support for the program was provided by The Boston Foundation (TBF) and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

MAPC analyzed the effectiveness of emergency rental relief and the role CBOs play in making residents aware of resources.

Attend this webinar to hear from CHAPA, TBF, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, MAPC, and CBO representatives about this program and recommendations forward.

Register here!

Belmont Multifamily Zoning Public Forum (Hybrid Format) @ Beech Street Center
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Belmont Multifamily Zoning Public Forum (Hybrid Format) @ Beech Street Center | Belmont | Massachusetts | United States

The Town of Belmont MBTA Communities Advisory Committee invites you to a hybrid public forum to get your input on the future of multifamily housing in Belmont.

Whether you will be joining us in person at the Beech Street Center or virtually via Zoom, please register through this page so we know how many people to expect.

Register Here!

What to Expect at the Forum:
Members of the Advisory Committee, staff from the Town of Belmont, and planners from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council will present information about how Belmont is planning to comply with the Multifamily Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities law (often called “Section 3A”). They will also ask for your ideas on where you think that multifamily housing should go in Belmont and what it should look like.

In-Person Location:
Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont On-site parking is available, and the Center is 0.3 miles from the intersection of Trapelo Road and Beech Street on MBTA Bus Route 73. Registration is not required to attend in person, though it is preferred.

Zoom Option:
Everyone who registers will receive a link to the Zoom meeting, even if you plan to attend in person.

Planning for Section 3A Success: Leveraging the District Suitability Analysis Tool @ Zoom (Virtual)
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Please join us for this webinar to learn more about a new MAPC Section 3A decision-making support tool! 

In 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature added a new section to the state’s Zoning Act (MGL Chapter 40A) — MBTA Communities Multifamily Zoning Requirement (Section 3A) — that requireseachmunicipalityin the MBTA districttozone for by-right multifamily housingnear transit stations or smart growth locations. 

MAPC has developed an interactive MBTA Communities Multifamily Zoning Requirement (Section 3A) District Suitability Analysis Tool to help municipalities within the MAPC region identify locations for 3A zoning districts that also advance regional and local goals. 

Visit the 3A webpage

This Webinar
MAPC staff will provide an overview of the tool’s use and showcase how it may be applied, in tandem with stakeholder-driven processes, to facilitate conversations around areas suitable for new housing production. 

Register to join us for this event

Questions? Please contact:
Emma Battaglia (

Finding the Fit: How Parking Policies Shape Our Neighborhoods and Determine Housing Outcomes @ Fort Point Room at the Atlantic Wharf
Mar 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
This event is now full. However, you can still join the waiting list, and if a spot opens up between now and the date of the event and you are next on the waiting list, we will contact you by email. Thank you!

MAPC invites you to join us for this exciting MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series event featuring keynote speaker Henry Grabar.

Event Program:

  • Keynote address by Henry Grabar; Slate staff writer, author (Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World), and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard School of Design
  • Panel of municipal planners will discuss how they are taking on the issue of the “perfect parking space”, and advancing sustainable and equitable housing and transportation options.

As cities and towns work to comply with the MBTA Communities Act, this event will focus on how to “right-size” parking for your community while managing this political issue and promoting healthy neighborhoods that are economically vibrant, equitable, and sustainable by design.

Join the Event Waiting List