Carlos Montanez

Principal Planner

Department: Land Use
Phone: 617-933-0707


Principal Planner Carlos Javier Montañez joined the Land Use Division in 2015 to assist with MAPC’s land use, economic development and housing initiatives. Carlos is the project manager for several planning studies. He leads highly participatory public meetings, conducts research on regulations and ideas for physical improvements, and drafts plan report documents with technical recommendations for MAPC clients.

Current planning activities include: a strategic action plan for an Environmental Justice community in the Town of Framingham, a community waterfront access plan for Chelsea’s industrial working port, preparing local hazard mitigation plans for two MAPC towns, and a retail market analysis for Medford Square. Carlos completed a market analysis and economic development plan for the Town of North Reading’s main street, and the Town is moving forward with recommendations including the formation of an implementation committee to address needed infrastructure improvements.

Prior to joining MAPC, Carlos worked for over ten years as a senior urban planner for the Boston Redevelopment Authority leading various neighborhood planning initiatives including the rezoning of the South End’s Harrison-Albany Corridor and the Newmarket Industrial Core, and the planning process for the New Balance district in Brighton. Before arriving to Boston for graduate school, Carlos also worked in Orlando as a community planning consultant, and as a planning assistant with the county government.

Carlos holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University. He also completed research abroad at the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy on ethno-linguistic minorities and semi-autonomous regions within the European Union.

Areas of Expertise: Community and land use planning, zoning, retail and housing market analysis, graphic design, urban design, physical development frameworks, accessible public participation, and waterfront planning. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.