Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration
The Government Affairs team works to promote smart growth goals at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.
MAPC actively promotes its legislative agenda by working with members of the Legislature on a number of key initiatives. MAPC's priorities come from a variety of policy areas, with a focus on sustainable development initiatives and municipal relief measures to help cities and towns continue to provide quality services with efficiency.
The team works in collaboration with the MAPC Legislative Committee to develop action items and to advocate on behalf of the members of our regional community. The Committee includes municipal leaders from cities and towns in the MAPC region as well as members of advocacy organizations we work with closely.
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MAPC supports policies that increase renewable energy and efficient energy use, promote system resiliency, provide innovative clean energy tools, and encourage local, state, regional, and federal commitments to combat climate change, including but not limited to the following bills:
Ensuring economic growth and access to housing - both affordable and market rate - are two of the most pressing topics discussed in our communities.
MAPC's projections find that if we do not adequately address housing needs and continue losing populations to other states, our region will have difficulty growing economically, will have new housing demand outpace population growth due to declining household size, and will face challenges retaining young talent. MAPC is supporting legislation addressing these issues including but not limited to:
These streamlined zoning reform bills allow new zoning techniques for municipalities, provide more certainty to land owners and developers, and authorize strong financial and regulatory incentives for creating walkable, vibrant centers, housing development, and protecting open space. Master planning requirements are modernized by giving communities the ability to tailor planning to local circumstances including linking public health and planning. The bills also grant cities and towns the option to substitute a minor subdivision process for Approval Not Required (ANR) developments, which are a primary driver of inefficient, low-density growth.
MAPC continues to work with a diverse coalition of allies on passage of a comprehensive package of surplus land reforms that encourage smart growth development, give municipalities a meaningful role throughout the disposition process, and allow the Commonwealth to meet critical housing, economic development, and environmental priorities. This reform offers significant advantages over the current system, including the creation of a Surplus Land Coordination Committee; a professional smart growth review for significant parcels; consistent timeframes for disposition of parcels; a right of first refusal for municipalities to purchase surplus parcels; and directed funding to the Smart Growth Housing Trust Fund.
MAPC supports increased investment in our transportation system with a funding solution that serves all users, modes, and communities across Massachusetts. MAPC continues to advocate for measures that would increase funding for transportation, including but not limited to the following bills:
This legislation codifies a process for capturing increased value along transportation corridors for transit, roadway, and TOD development. MAPC will continue to work with Rep. Straus (D-Mattapoisett), House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation corridors for transit, roadway, and transit oriented development.
The Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies (MARPA) is a coalition of the 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) throughout the Commonwealth, including MAPC, that aims to strengthen regionalization and municipal collaboration throughout Massachusetts. MARPA meets monthly at MAPC’s Boston offices and hosts an annual conference at varying locations around the state. For more information, contact a member of MAPC’s Government Affairs staff. www.massmarpa.org
The Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA) promotes healthy and diverse communities, protects critical environmental resources and working landscapes, advocates for housing and transportation choices, and supports equitable community development and urban reinvestment. MAPC is a member of MSGA. For more, visit ma-smartgrowth.org.
Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) is a diverse coalition of organizations working together to create safe, convenient, and affordable transportation for everyone. T4MA, of which MAPC is a member, advocates for transportation funds to be spent fairly and responsibly, for transportation decisions that are transparent and accountable, and to ensure that our transportation network has sufficient resources to meet tomorrow’s needs all throughout the Commonwealth. For more, visit www.t4ma.org.
The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition (MMC) is a group of cities in towns in the urban core of Metro Boston whose leaders gather to exchange information and create solutions for common problems. The municipal officials in this group represent more than 1.4 million constituents, and represent Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. MAPC facilitates and staff the work of the MMC.
The North Shore Coalition is a group of 18 cities and towns on the North Shore, facilitated by MAPC staff. The Coalition is a voluntary forum where municipal leaders share information and solutions to common problems particular to the North Shore region. The municipal officials in this group represent nearly 400,000 residents from Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynn, Manchester-by-the-sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Rockport, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham.
David Bryant, MA Association of Community Development Corporations
Larry Field, MA Smart Growth Alliance
Kurt Gaertner, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Eugenia Gibbons, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Nancy Goodman, Environmental League of MA
All meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at MAPC’s offices, 60 Temple Place in Boston.
Charlie Aspinwall, TRIC
Richard Canale, MAGIC
Michelle Ciccolo, MAGIC
Buzz Constable, MAGIC
Jen Constable, SSC
Eileen Gibbs, MWRC
Lou Gitto, TRIC
Katie King, ICC
Steve Magoon, ICC
Steve Olanoff, TRIC
Grace Shepard, SWAP
Brian Szekely, NSPC
Paul Yorkis, SWAP
MAPC | Government Affairs Team
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional development organizations. The association and its members promote regional strategies, partnerships, and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life across America’s local communities. For more, visit nado.org.
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) serves as the national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities large and small and urban and rural. For more, visit narc.org.
Transportation for America (T4A) is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions. These are the investments that hold the key to our future economic prosperity. For more, visit t4america.org.
Smart Growth America advocates for people who want to live and work in great neighborhoods. Smart Growth America believes smart growth solutions support thriving businesses and jobs, provide more options for how people get around and make it more affordable to live near work and the grocery store. Smart Growth America works with communities to fight sprawl and save money. For more, visit smartgrowthamerica.org.