Metro North Land Use Priority Plan

Project Background

Development in Station Landing in MedfordThe Patrick Administration, through the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), partnered with MAPC to develop a process for identifying local, regional, and state-level priority development and preservation areas in the nine Metro North municipalities. These municipalities include the cities of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, and Somerville, the Town of Winthrop, and the neighborhoods of East Boston and Charlestown in the City of Boston.

MAPC’s Role

MAPC staff are working with the nine municipalities and our state partners to identify locations throughout Metro North that are key to supporting additional housing, employment growth, open space creation and preservation, and the infrastructure improvements required to support the outcomes for each location. These local priority areas are then put through a data-driven screening tool that highlights the sites with the greatest potential to support growth and preservation in appropriate locations in each community. Finally, MAPC supplements the data driven screening tool with qualitative information from each community on the readiness of sites and the infrastructure investments necessary to catalyze the development or preservation of these locations. From MAPC’s regional priority areas, EOHED and EOEEA will further refine a list of locations to become state priority areas.

Why It’s Important

MAPC has identified the need for over 400,000 new housing units in our region between now and 2040. At the same time, we are trying to grow existing businesses and attract new ones to the region to support employment opportunities. While this development will occur across Metro Boston and the Commonwealth, the Metro North communities are already seeing development pressures for new housing and job growth because of the access to high quality public transportation, recreation and cultural amenities, employment centers, and a vibrant urban environment. As the development climate continues to strengthen in Metro Boston, these communities will continue to feel the pressures of growth while trying to maintain the characteristics that make them unique.

The Metro North Land Use Priority Plan is a process that will identify locations across the nine communities that are best suited to support the type of growth the market is demanding and the communities want. Identifying these key growth and preservation locations also helps MAPC, the Boston MPO, and state agencies better understand the infrastructure and technical assistance needs to help prioritize limited regional and state funding.

Final Products

MAPC has finalized the list of the regionally-significant priority development and priority preservation areas in Metro North!  Click on the map link below to see the areas selected.

Regionally-Significant PDA and PPA Map

Meetings and Presentations

MAPC, EOHED, and EOEEA held a Regional Forum for the Metro North project on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM at Malden Government Center to share information about the project and get feedback on a draft list of regional priority development and preservation areas.

April 30th Event Materials



Notes from the Table Discussions