Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration


SouthWest Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP) is comprised of up to twenty members representing ten communities located southwest of Boston between Interstates 495 and 95 and is bisected by Route 109. The purpose of SWAP is to foster joint and cooperative action concerning transportation, land use, economic development, housing, historic preservation, water resources and the environment. Informed and active cooperation among neighboring communities helps to serve the needs of residents, businesses, commuters, and local governments. The region's proximity to these major transportation corridors has led to increasing development pressure and demands on environmental resources.

Learn more about SWAP.

SWAP coordinator
Kasia Hart | 617-933-0745

The North Shore Task Force (NSTF) is a group of 16 communities north of Boston working collaboratively on regional issues. The goal of NSTF is to cooperate with, and to assist, each member municipality in coordinating its planning and economic development so as to obtain maximum benefits for the North Shore district.

Member communities focus on a broad range of issues that affect the North Shore, including sustainable development, equitable housing, clean energy, climate change and transportation. NSTF is guided by the principles found in the MetroFuture PlanMAPC's regional development blueprint for the Boston Metropolitan area.

Learn more about NSTF here.

NSTF Coordinator
Sam Cleaves | 617-451-0748

MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) is the locally-run enhanced subregional organization of MAPC. It serves the MetroWest region of Greater Boston: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston.

MWRC works to coordinate our local governments to make MetroWest an even better place to live: more healthful, sustainable, equitable, safe, prosperous, and efficient. We facilitate interlocal collaboration, planning, and problem solving, and advocate for locally-initiated regional solutions to policy and planning challenges in MetroWest.

Learn more about MWRC

MWRC Coordinator:
Karen Adelman | 617-933- 0704

The Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) is a group of 13 communities northwest of Boston working collaboratively on issues of regional concern. Established as a growth management committee in 1984, it has become a respected voice in regional decision-making.

MAGIC consists of planning and select board representatives from the following 13 communities: Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, and Sudbury.

Learn more about MAGIC.

MAGIC Subregional Coordinator
Heidi Stucker | 617-933-0739

Inner Core Committee (ICC) consists of 21 cities and towns within the metropolitan Boston area. ICC emerged as a forum through which issues of mutual concern could be explored and joint and cooperative action fostered. Communities in the ICC region are among the most urban and populous within the MAPC planning area and deal with a host of unique challenges.

Learn more about ICC.

ICC Coordinator:
Karina Milchman

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 the region are to create communication between communities through the participation of local officials involved with planning issues, in concert with MAPC representatives; in addition to 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.

Learn more about NSPC.

North Suburban Planning Council Coordinator
Sarah Philbrick | 617-933-0733

South Shore Coalition (SSC) is a subregion that comprises 13 towns on the South Shore within the metropolitan Boston area, including Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Rockland, Scituate, and Weymouth. SSC promotes informed and active cooperation in planning for growth and preservation for its member communities.

Learn more about SSC.

South Shore Coalition Subregional Coordinator
Betsy Cowan | 617-933-0746

Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC) is composed of 13 communities south of Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood.

Three Rivers takes its name from the three major rivers in the sub-region: the Neponset, Charles, and Canoe Rivers.

Learn more about TRIC.


Three Rivers Coordinator
Laurie Zivkovich | 617-933-0769