North Shore Task Force (NSTF)


Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration

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 MetroCommon 2050MAPC's regional development blueprint for the Boston Metropolitan area.

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Each community has two representatives to NSTF, appointed by either its Mayor or Board of Selectmen. The committee Chairman is elected by the membership annually. An MAPC staff person also provides support to NSTF in the role of Subregional Coordinator.

The Task Force is co-chaired by Katrina O’Leary, Town Planner for the Town of Middleton.


  • September 21, 2023, 9:30 a.m.
  • October 19, 2023, 9:30 a.m.
  • November 16, 2023, 9:30 a.m.

Zoom link to participate

NSTF generally meets virtually on the third Thursday of each month, 9:30 a.m. Meeting dates are subject to change.

Subregional Coordinator:
Sarah Scott,

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NSTF Members and Essex County Greenbelt Staff pose for a photo.
NSTF Members and Greenbelt Staff pose for a photo on the Donovan Reservation during NSTF's 2021 Fall Outing

resources and updates

Meetings and Presentations

September, 2022

  • Regional Electric Vehicle Opportunities and MBTA Communities/3A Technical Assistance Needs (notes here).

August, 2022

  • Legislative Update from MAPC's Government Affairs Team

June and July 2022:

  • Summer Break!

May 2022:

  • Joint Legislative Breakfast with the North Suburban Planning Council

April 2022:

March 2022:

February 2022:

January 2022:


Check here for useful tools and resources shared by NSTF members and invited presenters.