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Summer Greenway Ride and Walk Series

2019 MAPC Summer Greenway Ride and Walk Series Join MAPC and some of our many partners to explore our growing greenway and trail network. This network is part of MAPC’s LandLine vision to connect 1400 miles throughout the Boston Region. The purpose of the ride and walk events is to show off new projects, and […]

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How Are Other States Attaining Development Mitigation?

Other states have mitigation practices that are not currently used in Massachusetts. Below is a list of key practices used in other states. Land Banking (Colorado) Land banking is the practice of purchasing land with the intent to hold on to it until such a time as it is profitable to sell it to others for […]

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What Are Possible Development Mitigation Strategies?

Legal Considerations It is essential to understand the context for requiring development mitigation. In 1966, the Home Rule Amendment was added to the Massachusetts Constitution. The Amendment created a limited home rule mechanism granting certain powers to cities and towns and enabled municipalities to adopt charters without needing state approval. The purpose of the Home Rule Amendment […]

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Route 128 Central Corridor Plan

The Route 128 Central Corridor Plan addresses the impacts of increased traffic volumes and seeks to reduce single occupancy trips while preserving quality of life and ensuring mobility. Download the report in four parts: Cover, Table of Contents, and Introduction 128 Central Corridor Plan Appendices A-E Appendices F-J The portion of Route 128 reviewed for […]

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Framingham Tech Park

Framingham Tech Park Final Report Read the Framingham Tech Park Final Report Project background One of the goals of the Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Communities is to collaborate with municipalities and explore opportunities for office and industrial park “retrofits”. As part of these place-based planning efforts, the Framingham Technology Park and 9/90 Corporate Center […]

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Parking Benefit Districts

Signed in to law in late 2016, the Municipal Modernization Act allows Massachusetts cities and towns to create what is known as a parking benefit district. Parking benefit districts is a specified geography in which the parking revenues raised are then reinvested back into the district for a wide range of transportation-related improvements. The funds […]

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How are Development Impacts Identified?

When the scale or nature of the project indicates that there may be significant traffic impacts to the surrounding transportation network and facilities, the potential type and scale of impacts need to be identified. These impacts are identified at the state and municipal levels, and how a development’s effect on transportation is determined. At the […]

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Parking and Transportation Demand Management

Reducing the demand for parking is closely linked with reducing vehicle trips, so many of the programs recommended for reducing parking demand are the same ones recommended for trip reduction through Transportation Demand Management (TDM). TDM programs typically aim to reduce drive-alone trips through strategies that encourage carpooling or use of alternative modes. Because TDM programs […]

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Boston Region’s Pedestrian Transportation Plan

The Pedestrian Plan identifies actions local governments, advocacy organizations, citizen groups, the private sector, and individuals should take to encourage walking. Adopted and released in June 2010, the Pedestrian Plan addresses the importance of walking, describes existing pedestrian infrastructure in the Boston Region, and recommends policies and programs that will facilitate walking as a convenient, […]

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Wellesley-Route 9 Enhancement Study and Plan

The Route 9 Enhancement Study & Plan is a community-outreach-driven study for the Route 9 Corridor in Wellesley. It will provide tailored strategies for addressing the functionality and form of the roadway and corridor. The Study & Plan is being jointly developed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC), and […]

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