Regional Housing and Land Use Planner II, AICP
Alex Koppelman joined the housing team within the land use department at MAPC in October, 2018. He provides planning expertise and assistance to jurisdictions in the Boston metropolitan area, helping them to work collaboratively towards the region’s goals and prepare plans that offer a variety of housing options for people of different income levels and backgrounds. He prepares local Housing Production Plans and the housing elements of various land use plans, analyzes zoning, conducts and presents research on housing planning best practices, and organizes workshops to educate the public. He also uses graphics and video production to advocate for affordable housing and promote equity through visual storytelling.
Alex brings a unique perspective to comprehensive planning based on his work as a planner in the Greater Cincinnati/northern Kentucky region. Prior to joining MAPC, Alex worked for a county planning agency as a staff member of the Kenton County Planning Commission, also assisting the 20 jurisdictions in Kenton County, Kentucky. During his three years in this position, he evaluated proposed zoning changes that allowed for different types of housing developments and made recommendations to the planning commission. He managed planning projects that engaged community stakeholders to define strategies for housing and land use, and implemented plans by overseeing and drafting large scale rezoning projects. Alex has also conducted demographic analysis and housing research in his positions with downtown and neighborhood community development corporations in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Alex has a Master of Community and Urban Planning Degree from the University of Cincinnati, School of Planning, where he worked as a graduate assistant, conducting research that analyzed demographic trends and housing needs in Cincinnati neighborhoods. He also holds a Bachelor of History with a minor in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Areas of expertise: land use planning, zoning, community development, economic development, parking demand analysis, graphic and video production