Carlos Javier Montañez

Principal Planner

Department: Land Use
Phone: 617-933-0707


Principal Planner Carlos Javier Montañez strives to influence agency best practices, and assists clients with insights, data, and best practices for informed decision-making. He conducts highly participatory public meetings as well as research on regulations and ideas for physical improvements and drafts plan report documents with technical recommendations for MAPC clients. His recommendations for implementation typically encompass multi-pronged regulatory, investment, and infrastructure-enhancement strategies in order to achieve desired community and economic development goals.

Carlos leads various planning studies, and has extensive experience with private-sector consulting and public-sector land use planning. His current and past planning activities include:

  • visioning for planning and development
  • maritime industrial waterfront planning, community waterfront access and activation
  • retail/housing/office market demand analyses
  • open space plans
  • natural hazard mitigation plans
  • land use/zoning regulatory diagnostics
  • housing production plans
  • Ch. 40R smart growth rezoning
  • district rezoning, and bylaw and ordinance policy, text and map amendments
  • equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency lenses in comprehensive planning elements

Prior to joining MAPC, Carlos worked for over 10 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 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning with a concentration in City Design and Development, 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. Active colloquial fluency in Spanish and Portuguese (with elementary/ intermediate technical planning terminology), and inactive colloquial proficiency in Italian.