Land Use Planning Director
Mark Racicot, Director of the Land Use Department, has worked at MAPC since 1996. He supervises an interdisciplinary team of professional planners and collaborates with other MAPC divisions to undertake a wide range of planning work throughout the region.
Mr. Racicot supervises staff planners, manages budgets and grant reports, provides technical advice and participates as a professional planner in a wide range of land use planning projects with MAPC communities. Mr. Racicot was the main point of contact with the state and the MAPC staff lead on implementing the South Coast Rail Corridor Plan. He also supervised the land use planning projects under MAPC’s federally funded Sustainable Communities program.
Mr. Racicot has led a number of zoning projects at the local level, including mixed-use zoning overlays for the Towns of Stoughton and Bedford, village center mixed use and industrial district zoning for the Town of Millis, new downtown mixed use zoning for the City of Marlborough, and agricultural preservation/open space protection zoning for the Town of Littleton.
In addition to zoning, Mr. Racicot has led a range of other local planning projects. He worked with other MAPC staff to create a build-out analysis technique that was selected by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs for use in a state-wide planning effort. He subsequently supervised the Executive Order 418 Community Development Planning work for the MAPC region, in which staff prepared plans for more than 20 communities, and managed contractual arrangements for planning consultants undertaking work for more than 50 other MAPC municipalities. He has a history and strong interest in open space preservation, which he has used in undertaking such projects as the Stoneham Open Space and Recreation Plan and the Littleton Transfer of Development Rights project.
Prior to working for MAPC, Mr. Racicot spent 10 years as Executive Director of two non-profit conservation land trusts in Massachusetts and New York, as well as six years as a land acquisition planner for a county park system in Illinois.
Mr. Racicot holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Tufts University and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is a member of the American Planning Association.
Areas of Expertise: Project management, community visioning, meeting facilitation, municipal zoning, open space protection and management