Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

MAPD is one of five signatory organizations establishing the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), a collaborative dating back nearly twenty years with the University of Massachusetts, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies.

CPTC provides local planning and zoning officials with tools to make effective decisions regarding their community’s current and future land use. Programming includes:

  • Training workshops delivering a Level I and Level 2 core curriculum, taught across the state by expert attorneys and professional planners.
  • Internet access to core training units, a bylaw collection, many planning related links, and training calendars.
  • On-demand training to any community needing to focus on a specific topic.
  • An Annual Conference addressing important land use issues on a more in-depth basis.

This year’s conference is scheduled for March 19, 2016 at Holy Cross College in Worcester.
Details regarding the conference are posted to the CPTC website: and can be found in the 2016 CPTC Conference Flyer. Hope to see you there!


For more information contact: 

Allison Novelly, UMass Boston, CPTC Coordinator: – 617-287-5570

Elaine Wijnja, Dept. of Housing & Comm. Development: – 617-573-1360



Past Conferences:

Programming at the March 2013 Annual Conference included:

Water Management

Medical Marijuana

Zoning for Solar

Affordable Housing

Special Permits

Roles and Responsibilities of Planning Boards

Water Infrastructure Finance

Water Conservation

Unloved Infrastructure

Planning Retreats

Zoning Exemptions

Roles and Responsibilities of Planning Boards (Level II)

Hazard Mitigation


Infrastructure Financing

Housing That Works

Subdivision Control

Reasonable & Defensible Decisions