John McCartin

Regional Housing and Land Use Planner II

Department: Land Use – Housing
Phone: 617-933-0741


John McCartin joined MAPC’s housing team in 2019 as a Regional Housing and Land Use Planner. John brings his background in comprehensive planning, public engagement campaigns, municipal finance, and geospatial analysis to help produce a more affordable, safe, and equitable housing system for people across the region. He works on local Housing Production Plans, Fair Housing plans, vision planning efforts, and zoning studies. John’s work emphasizes representative community processes that engage diverse and often under-represented constituencies and that provide opportunities for substantive knowledge sharing. By combining those insights with quantitative analysis, John helps communities craft local solutions to the regional housing crisis.

Prior to MAPC, John was an urban planner and Director of Urban Design at Utile, an architecture and planning consultancy in Boston. John’s work at Utile included comprehensive planning efforts in Cambridge, Salem, and Haverhill; district planning in Worcester; data visualization and interface design for MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative; and geospatial research in communities across New England. In each of these efforts, housing was considered in relation to other key planning areas, such as transportation, economic development, and the impacts of climate change. Before his work in urban planning, John managed constituent services, legislative affairs, and land use matters for a city councilor in Baltimore, Maryland.

John holds a Master in Urban Planning degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Fellowship from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His masters research used geographic information systems to measure the relationship between urban design and social unrest during the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. John is adjunct faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology, teaching GIS in the Department of Architecture; and he periodically speaks at Northeastern University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Areas of Expertise: affordable housing, zoning, scenario planning, public engagement, GIS, municipal finance, real estate finance