MAPD Lunch N Learns

MAPD sponsors monthly lunches at locations around Massachusetts September through June. The lunches, which are included in your membership fee, have a presentation, discussion, and of course great food. MAPD Lunch N Learns are an excellent opportunity for professional development and networking with other planners around the Commonwealth.

November MAPD Lunch N Learn: “Jane Jacobs in the Woo”

Friday, November 17, 2017
12:00PM – 2:00PM in Worcester, MA

Location: : Mezcal Restaurant30 Major Taylor Blvd, Worcester MA 01608
DateFriday, November 17, 2017
Time: 12:00-2:00PM Cost: Free for MAPD Members, $30 for Non-MAPD Members
(Become an MAPD Member now and get your Lunch N Learns for FREE!!) 

“Jane Jacobs in the Woo” is a grassroots effort in Worcester focused at promoting the timeless values of Jane Jacobs – walkability, historic preservation, and community participation, to name just a few. This past spring, the group organized “Jane Week,” which offered a series of walks and talks across Worcester on planning and neighborhood topics. The group has also been actively promoting Complete Streets and Design Review concepts, and in October, the group co-organized a city council candidates forum. This program will feature Paul Dell’Aquila, AICP, one of the founders of the group, who will talk about how the group got started, the impact it has had so far on planning and development discussions in Worcester, and the group’s goals for the future.

Please note: Lunch will be served promptly at 12:00pm. Please arrive by 11:45 am so that lunch can be served and we can start the presentation on time. This is a free event for all paid members! Non-MAPD Members are only $30. Not an MAPD member yet? For only $90, you can be a member of MAPD today! Become an MAPD Member and get your Lunch N Learns for FREE!

Please RSVP by November 14 at 2pm 


September MAPD Lunch N Learn: “Climate Reality – ‘Truth in Ten’ Plus”

Friday, September 15, 2017
12:00PM – 2:00PM in Littleton, MA

Location: Yangtze River Restaurant, 584 King Street, Littleton, MA  01460
DateFriday, September 15, 2017
Time: 12:00-2:00PM Cost: Free for MAPD Members, $30 for Non-MAPD Members
(Become an MAPD Member now and get your Lunch N Learns for FREE!!) 

Since 2006 Town Administrator Keith Bergman has been involved with former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Now in conjunction with the film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, ”The “Truth in 10” slideshow is being made available to the public. Trained by Mr. Gore, Keith has presented programs over the years on climate change and now designed a special program “Climate Reality ‘Truth in 10’ Plus” which is an expanded version of Mr. Gore’s famous slide show, which was released last month. This will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in the impact climate change is having on the planet to catch up on the latest information, engage in a rigorous discussion with your peers and understand what we as may be able to do to address it.

You absolutely do not want to miss this fantastic start to the MAPD Lunch N Learn series!

Please note: Lunch will be served promptly at 12:15pm. Please arrive by 12:00 pm so that lunch can be served and we can start the presentation on time This is a free event for all paid members! Non-MAPD Members are only $30. Not an MAPD member yet? For only $90, you can be a member of MAPD today! Become an MAPD Member and get your Lunch N Learns for FREE!

Please RSVP by September 15 at 2pm 

**AICP Credit is pending**

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March MAPD Lunch N Learn: The Affordable Housing Quandary: Meeting Demand and Addressing Local Resistance to Multifamily Development
Friday, March 17, 2017
12:00PM – 2:00PM in Cohassetcohasset pic


Location: The Corner Stop Eatery235 Hull Street, Cohasset, MA  02025
Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 12:00-2:00PM Cost: Free for MAPD Members, $30 for Non-MAPD Members
(Become an MAPD Member now and get your Lunch N Learns for FREE!!) 

Most Massachusetts planners are aware of the demands 40B housing places on local government leadership. While many communities recognize the need for affordable housing, some may be reluctant to embrace it – particularly when it includes multifamily housing. Multifamily units are a practical way to effectively approach affordable housing, but can generate resistance, particularly in smaller, more suburban communities. This exciting session will explore the housing quandary that Massachusetts communities are facing: how to meet demand for affordable housing vs. community resistance to multifamily housing.

Barbara Huggins Carboni, Esq. is an experienced land use and zoning attorney and a partner in the firm Huggins & Witten, which serves as counsel to several municipalities around the Commonwealth on Chapter 40B. Barbara will discuss her experiences in many of the communities she has worked with and will explore the many facets of what seems to work, what doesn’t and what she thinks the future of affordable housing in the Commonwealth may look like.

Please note: Lunch will be served promptly at 12:15pm. Please arrive by 12:00 pm so that lunch can be served and we can start the presentation on time This is a free event for all paid members! Non-MAPD Members are only $30. Not an MAPD member yet? For only $85, you can be a member of MAPD today! Become an MAPD Member and get your Lunch N Learns for FREE!

Please RSVP by March 15 at 2pm 

**AICP Credit is pending**

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January MAPD Lunch N Learn: Reinventing Natick!
Friday, January 27, 2017
12:00-2:00pm in Natick


RSVP by January 24th at 5pm

Location: Morse Tavern85 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760
Cost: Free for MAPD Members, $25 for Non-MAPD Members

MAPD is headed to Natick for ANOTHER exciting Lunch N Learn program!

As many of you may know, Natick has been a hotbed of all sorts of planning activity lately.  This exciting 2017 kick-off Lunch N Learn will feature Natick Director of Community & Economic Development Jamie Errickson who will discuss the latest and greatest in Natick, including: Natick’s Economic Development Plan, 2030+ Comprehensive Master Plan, the Cultural District and much more!  Two AICP credits will be applied for.

Please note: lunch will be served promptly at 12:15pm. Please arrive by 12:00 pm so that lunch can be served and we can start the presentation on time.
Get out of your car! Please consider using public transportation to get to this Lunch N Learn. You can take the MBTA Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line to Natick Center. Morse Tavern is a short 1/3 mile walk from the Natick Center Rail Station.

This dynamic event is the fourth in MAPD’s exciting season of Lunch N Learns that will keep you interested, informed and on the cutting edge of planning. For members there is no better value than MAPD programming designed for you!  Don’t miss a single one this season and be on the lookout for announcements of future events!

RSVP by January 24th at 5pm 

**2 CM Credits are pending**








November MAPD Lunch N Learn – Special Extended Event: Friday, November 19, 2016
9:00am-1:00pm in Easthampton

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Location: Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 9:00AM

RSVP by November 15th at 5pm 

By popular demand, MAPD’s November Lunch n Learn in Easthampton featured an in-depth tour of one of the most successful mill revitalization initiatives in recent times.  The Pleasant Street Mills Infrastructure Project is a unique public-private partnership between the City of Easthampton and private mill owners within the district. Once designated as “slum and blight,” the City has focused on revitalization to this area since the UrbanRivers Visioning and Planning process in 2003. The resulting infrastructure project strengthens the connection between Pleasant Street, Lower Mill Pond, Millside Park, and the Manhan Rail Trail while supporting build-out of the privately owned mills. These public improvements resulted from a creative funding approach and have spurred millions of dollars in private investment in the mills and surrounding area. This session provided a walking tour of three mill buildings in this district – Eastworks Building, Keystone Building, and Mill 180 – and showcased the various stages of build-out, from raw space to completed projects, including residential rental units, office and professional spaces, retail, restaurants, art studios, and two craft beer microbreweries. Attendees met the private developers directly to hear about their experience in collectively developing over 1 million square feet of space in the Pleasant Street Mills. The Session concluded with a working lunch at Mill 180 Park, the first ever indoor urban hydroponic park! The lunch featured a facilitated discussion with Mill 180 owners.

This dynamic event was the third in MAPD’s exciting season of Lunch N Learns to keep you interested, informed and on the cutting edge of planning. For members there is no better value than MAPD programming designed for you!  

**3.5 CM Credits were approved**







October MAPD Lunch N Learn: Friday, October 14, 2016 12:00-3:00pm in Lowell 

Mission Creep! The Planner’s Growing Role in Economic Development


Location: Garcia Brogan’s Cantina, Pub, & Restaurant, 131 Middlesex Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016 Time: 12:00pm
RSVP by October 11th at 5pm 

MAPD headed to Lowell for ANOTHER exciting Lunch N Learn program!

As local and regional governments find themselves increasingly stretched financially, economic development is moving more and more to the forefront in the Planning Department.  Many planners are finding themselves as de facto economic development coordinators, particularly where local governments lack the resources to hire a dedicated economic development specialist. In other areas, economic development directors tackle issues that seem to be larger scale but may actually have lessons for everybody….
As economic activity grows, so does the need to fully understand the impacts of both large and small scale development, what constitutes “value-added employment”? When are incentives appropriate? How do you ensure short-term decisions make the best long-term vision? How can you maintain your community identity and avoid unintended impacts?
Dr. John Mullin, FAICP, Emeritus Professor of Regional Planning University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and City of Lowell Economic Development Director Allison Lamey, AICP, explored these questions and much more. This Lunch N Learn ended with a guided tour of Lowell’s Mill No. 5!

** 1 CM Credit is approved**



MAPD September Lunch N Learn in Hudson – Zoning Reform: Where Have We Been? Where are We Going?

Friday, September 16, 2016, 12:00-3:00pm

Location: Horseshoe Pub and Restaurant, 29 South Street, Hudson, MA


– Senator Jamie Eldridge
– Larry Field, MA Smart Growth Alliance
– Eric Hove, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission

Zoning reform has always been something Massachusetts’ planners talked about and most of the time, only dreamed of. But last year’s legislative effort at reform made it farther than any other effort in the past: is next year the time meaningful reform actually passes? And if it does, what does that really mean for the planning community?

Senator Jamie Eldridge, Eric Hove of MAPC and Larry Field of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance led a high-level interactive session that covered all the bases, including what has already happened, what is brewing and what we can expect in 2017!

**1.0 CM Credit is available for this Lunch**



MAPD April Lunch N Learn in Somerville – Stormwater and YOU

Friday, April 15, 2016, 12:00-3:00pm

Location: Foundry on Elm, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, MA

Speaker: Frederick Civian, Massachusetts Stormwater Coordinator, MA Department of Environmental Protection

MAPD welcomed Frederick Civian, Massachusetts Stormwater Coordinator at MassDEP, to speak at our April 15th Lunch N Learn at Foundry on Elm in Somerville. Mr. Civian presented the latest developments in the MS4 permit, which was released on April 13th. His talk, was supported through this MS4 Backgrounder and included: changes to the permit, how the changes would affect municipalities in the Commonwealth, and some resources to help planners transition into the new permit.

**1.0 CM Credit was offered for this Lunch.**

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MAPD March Lunch N Learn in Framinghamzoning-02

Essential Land Use and Zoning Updates for Planners

Friday, March 18, 2016, 12-2:30pm

Location: John Harvards Brewery and Ale House, 1 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Speakers: Bob Mitchell, FAICP and Bob Ritchie, Attorney

MAPD went to John Harvard’s in Framingham for the March 18th Lunch N Learn. In addition to some good food and brews, a healthy dose of updates was served up on land use, zoning and other changes in State law. We invited the State’s zoning and land use experts, Bob Mitchell, FAICP and Bob Ritchie, Attorney, to provide important updates on:

1. The Guidebook to Massachusetts Land Use: Bob will give an update on the status of the draft Guidebook and Guidebook issues.

2. Public Records Law – Two bills: one House and one Senate – have been passed to make major changes in the PRL. What’s in the bills and what are their differences?

3. Zoning Reform: the zoning reform bill has been reported out of the Joint Community on Community Development and Small Business. What’s in it and what’s next?

Thank you to Bob Mitchell and Bob Ritchie for your time and expertise and to all of you for joining us for another successful Lunch N Learn!

MAPD February Lunch N Learn in Haverhill



Planning for Medical Marijuana Facilities in Massachusetts

Friday, February 19, 2016, 12-3pm

Location: Barking Dog Ale House, 77 Washington Street, Haverhill, MA

Since approval of the November 2012 ballot initiative that legalized medical marijuana in Massachusetts, cities and towns across the state have grappled with how and whether they should plan and zone for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries (RMD). State regulations provide comprehensive standards for the registration and regulation of RMDs, but are they enough?  This program will review the Department of Health’s (DPH) role in regulating RMDs and the type of local zoning bylaws that can supplement state standards. We will also review the current status of RMD licensing at DPH and what a municipality can expect if it is identified as a RMD’s desired location.   Also, we’ll discuss the current ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana and discuss how and whether it will change the game for RMDs and municipalities. Karla Chaffee, an attorney with Robinson + Cole was our speaker. Her presentation and supporting documents can be found below. ***1 CM Credit ***

MAPD Medical Marijuana Presentation (2.19.16) by Karla Chaffee

Medical Marijuana Resource List and RMD Process



MAPD January Lunch N Learn in Quincy


Fair Housing: Foundations and Looking Ahead
Friday, January 15th, 12-2:30pm
Location: The Townshend in Quincy

**NOTE: This Lunch was approved for 1.0 CM Credit**

January’s Lunch N Learn focused to one of the basic human rights: Housing. This interactive session reviewed important Fair Housing requirements and how they relate to your municipality. HUD published a final rule in late 2015 that significantly changes standards for compliance with Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) requirements. This discussion covered basic fair housing laws, how the rule applies to municipalities and the local planning community, and strategies planners can use to affirmatively further fair housing.  Jennifer Raitt, Chief Housing Planner at MAPC, and Sean Glennon, Quincy’s Community Development Director, will present this important session. Thank you for joining us! The presentations can be found here:

Fair Housing – HUD Rule Overview

Fair Housing Case Study from Quincy


Lunch N Learn Details:

Time: 12:00pm
Location: The Townshend, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA. NOTE: the restaurant is 2 blocks from Quincy Center Station on the Red Line. Please consider taking public transportation!
Tickets: Free for MAPD Members, $25 for non-MAPD members. Not a member yet or need to renew your dues? Click here!



MAPD October Lunch N Learn: CANCELED

Creative Open Space Protection in Southern Massachusetts
Friday, October 16th, 12-2:30pm
Location: Whaler’s Tavern, 24 North Water Street, New Bedford

Join us as we hear about creative open space protection techniques that the Buzzards Bay Coalition is using to set aside hundreds of acres in southeast Massachusetts.  MAPD has invited Brendan Annett from the Coalition to talk about how they pieced together 416 acres of beaches, salt marshes, forests, fields and coastal farmland in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. This four-year, $6 million project was completed in December 2014 with the opening of the last piece: a new public trail called Shaw Farm trail. The trail connects the regional bike path with the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. Of the 416 acres protected, 190 are active farmland and 226 are open for public recreational use. We look forward to seeing you in New Bedford to learn more about how to use a variety of techniques to protect our precious natural resources today for everyone to enjoy tomorrow.

Solar Array

MAPD September Lunch N Learn:

It’s Getting Bright in Here: Solar Development in Massachusetts
Friday, September 18, 2015 ~ 11:45am-3pm
Westborough, MA


Thanks to Jim Robbins for helping us jumpstart the 2015-2016 MAPD Lunch N Learns with a sunny discussion about solar development in Massachusetts. Jim provided an overview of the Town’s solar bylaw, why they created it and what the Town learned through the application of this bylaw. He then turned things over to Marc Verreault from Carruth Capital, one of their solar developers, who described why they pursued solar, provided an overview of their specific project, and explained his experience in getting local permits. The Town Assessor wrapped it up with some lessons learned and how they would do things differently next time.  View the presentation now!

Lunch N Learn Details:

Time: 11:45am to begin lunch service – no advance meal selection is required.
Location: Arturo’s Ristorante, 54 East Main Street, Westborough, MA 01581
Tickets: Free for MAPD Members, $25 for non-members. Not a member yet or need to renew your dues? Click here!