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 and past planning activities include: (a) visioning for planning and development, (b) maritime industrial waterfront planning, (c) community waterfront access and activation, (d) retail/housing/office market demand analyses, (e) open space plans, (f) natural hazard mitigation plans, (g) land use/zoning regulatory diagnostics, (h) housing production plans, and (i) Ch. 40R smart growth rezoning.

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.