Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC)


Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning

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.

The group focuses on transportation, the environment, energy, open space, affordable housing, economic and community development, and legislative issues.

It provides leadership on planning issues vital to the region's future by:

  • Pursuing grants and in-depth studies on topics of local and regional interest.
  • Hosting annual meetings with legislators.
  • Organizing forums, workshops, and trainings on local and regional planning issues.
  • Providing a forum for member communities to exchange ideas and provide updates on developments, challenges, and solutions in their towns.

Useful Tools


For additional information, please contact the MAGIC Subregional Coordinator, MAPC Regional Planner Heidi Stucker at or 617-933-0739.

MAGIC meetings are open to the public.

Subregional meetings are held the first Thursday of every other month, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Concord Department of Planning and Land Management Office, 141 Keyes Road, Concord, Massachusetts.

MAGIC hosts workshops on alternating months, based on member interests.

Upcoming Events

Hike at Memorial Forest Reservation
October 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
RSVP required

Sudbury Valley Trustees is partnering with MAGIC to host this event, during which SVT staff, Laura Mattei and Christa Collins will share the organization's efforts to restore a portion of the pitch pine-scrub oak habitat. Laura and Christa will also discuss the broader efforts of SVT and how these efforts support regional resiliency in the face of climate change.

MAGIC Meeting, focus on Transportation Planning
November 2, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


November 2nd 2:30-4:30 for our next MAGIC meeting. To take place at Concord Planning 141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA. MPO staff will join us and discuss regional transportation planning.



September 7, 2017 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
MAGIC Meeting
Concord Planning
141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA

July 27, 2017 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Forum on Age Friendly Planning
Location TBD

July 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Bike Ride: Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Construction Tour, Lowell - Concord
RSVP required: David Loutzenheiser 

June 29, 2017 - 10:00AM - 2:00PM
MAGIC Stormwater Partnership
Acton Town Hall
472 Main Street, Faulkner Room, Acton, MA.
By invitation

June 2, 2017 - 2:45 PM
Bike Ride: Assabet Rail Trail through Acton, Maynard, and Stow
RSVP required: Pete Sutton

June 1, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
Annual Meeting
Acton Town Hall
Faulkner Room, 472 Main Street, Acton, MA
Agenda & Notes Age Friendly presentation

May 5, 2017 - 8:00 AM - 10 AM
MAGIC Legislative Breakfast
16 South Road, Bedford 

May 4, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
Subregional Meeting
Concord Planning
141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA

April 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Mill and Main + Battle Road Brewery Tour
5 Clock Tower Place, Maynard, MA
RSVP Required

March 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM. - 12:00 PM
MAGIC Stormwater Partnership
Acton Town Hall
472 Main Street, Faulkner Room, Acton, MA.
Agenda forthcoming. By invitation.

March 16, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM 
Subregional Meeting
Concord Planning
141 Keyes Road, Concord, MA
Agenda and Notes Kelley's Corner Slides Regional IT Services Slides

March 2, 2017 - 3:00PM - 7:00PM 
MAPC Winter Council Meeting & Open House
Meeting at Hyatt Regency Boston
One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston
Open House at MAPC
60 Temple Place, Boston

February 1, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Climate Working Group Meeting
509 Great Road, Stow

January 5, 2017 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Subregional Meeting
141 Keyes Road, Concord


November 3, 2016 - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Subregional Meeting
141 Keyes Road, Concord
Agenda Presentation Slides: SolSmart Legislative Summary

October 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Training: Introduction to Subdivision Control and ANR
Boxborough offered by CPTC

October 25, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
Climate Resilience: Working Group 
16 Lincoln Road, Donaldson Room, 1st Floor
Agenda Presentation

October 3, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00 PM
Webinar: Introduction to the Climate Resilience report. Recording: click here

September 8, 2016
Subregional Meeting
Agenda & Minutes, Presentation Slides: MS4 PermitClimate Resilience

June 2, 2016
Climate Resilience, Working Group Meeting 
Agenda Presentation Survey Results

June 2, 2016
Annual Meeting 
Agenda Notes

May 11, 2016 
Community Engagement Workshop

May 5, 2016 
Subregional Meeting
Agenda & MinutesPresentation Slides & Survey Results

April 29, 2016 
Annual Legislative Breakfast

March 3, 2016 
Subregional Meeting 
Agenda, Presentation Slides: Food System Planning

January 7, 2016
Subregional Meeting 


December 4: Town Managers/Administrators Round Table
Presentation on MAPC's procurement, municipal efficiency and regional collaboration work

November 6: Subregional Meeting
Agenda Minutes

October 2: MAGIC Regional Transportation Forum
The Challenges of Suburban Mobility

September 4: Subregional Meeting
Agenda Minutes

July 24: Subregional Meeting 
Agenda Minutes

June 25: Green Town Symposium

June 19: Subregional Meeting


December 3, 2015
Town Manager's Roundtable

November 19, 2015
Climate Change Resilience Plan Kick-off Forum
Project WebsiteProject FaceBook PageAgendaFlyer

November 8, 2015 
Subregional Meeting
AgendaMinutesMPO Outreach PacketPresentation on Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Boston regionComprehensive Economic Development Strategy Summary
Information provided by Elizabeth Hughes on “Sustaining Places through the Comprehensive Plan”

October 8, 2015
All Trails Lead to Lexington: Connectivity, Conservation, & Recreation 
Agenda Presentation
In partnership with the Lexington Greenways Corridor Committee, the Town of Lexington, the Friends of MetroFuture, and MAPC's Transportation Department, MAGIC held a walk and talk on October 8th in the Town of Lexington drawing a crowd of 25-plus people. The event focused on an initiative led by the Lexington Greenways Corridor Committee known as "ACROSS Lexington" which stands for Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington. This network of pedestrian and bicycle routes links many parts of the Town of Lexington. Participants heard a presentation on the history of this project, and learned what it took to create this system and then went for a walk along one of the system's walking routes. The day had perfect weather for a walk through some of Lexington's stunning landscape.

ACROSS Lexington routes use various existing public ways, including conservation land trails and sidewalks. Routes connect the center of town with various locations in the town including historic sites, schools and conservation areas. Routes are accessible by foot or bicycle. Creating such a network of marked routes is intended to encourage greater utilization of Lexington’s open-space resources for passive recreation. Residents and visitors alike will find enjoyment, exercise and an incentive to travel about town without a car. ACROSS Lexington routes will also connect users to open space resources in neighboring towns via existing trails such as the Western Greenway Trail and the Battle Road Trail in the Minute Man National Historical Park.

September 10, 2015 
Subregional Meeting
Agenda Minutes

July 8, 2015 
Concord Riverwalk Tour
MAGIC took a tour of Concord's renowned Riverwalk Community in lieu of our regular July Meeting. Concord's Riverwalk community, while a relatively recent development, echoes traditional neighborhood forms which minimize car use, support walkable streets, offer proximity to transit, and encourage a sense of community. It is a compact "pocket neighborhood" made up of clustered, energy-efficient cottages with shared open space. This unique community is an interesting model of sustainable, small scale, in-fill development right here in our subregion.

June 4, 2015 
Annual Meeting
Agenda Minutes

May 7, 2015
Walk and Talk
The Lincoln Model: A growing system of trails and conservation land

April 23, 2015
Subregional Meeting
Agenda Minutes

March 30, 2015
Historic Preservation Forum

February 27, 2015
Legislative Breakfast

January 15, 2015
Subregional Meeting
Agenda Minutes
LandLine - Metro Boston’s Greenway Plan Map
MAGIC Regional Landline Greenway Plan Map
Presentation on State Food Systems Plan

Regional Projects

Town Projects

  • Bike and Pedestrian Plans (Complete) Hudson | Maynard | Stow
  • Housing Production Plan (Complete) Littleton
  • Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw (Complete) Maynard
  • Hazard Mitigation Plans (Complete) Concord | Hudson | Lincoln | Littleton
  • Complete Streets (In Process) Acton
  • Zoning (Complete) Sudbury