South West Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP)


Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration

The South West Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP) is comprised of up to twenty members representing ten communities southwest of Boston.

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.

Learn more about the communities in the region, view a map of MAPC communities and subregions or obtain additional information about each community on the MetroBoston Data Common Community Snapshots page.

Upcoming Events

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Jan 30 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Please contact SWAP coordinator, Kasia Hart at or 617-933-0745.

The SWAP subregion is located southwest of Boston between Interstates 495 and 95 and is bisected by Route 109. The region's proximity to these major transportation corridors has led to increasing development pressure and demands on environmental resources.


  • Regional Transportation Planning & Infrastructure
  • Transportation Demand Management (TDM) & Transportation Management Area (TMA) Proposals
  • Affordable Housing
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Population Growth Trends
  • Open Space, Cultural, & Environmental Resource Planning
  • DEP Stormwater Phase II Standards
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Transit Study

The SouthWest Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP) requested that the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) jointly analyze the existing public transit network in the subregion. The purpose of this evaluation was to identify opportunities to increase ridership and provide better connections to housing, employment, and commercial centers in the SWAP communities.

The next SWAP meeting will be Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am (location TBD).