MetroCommon 2050 is being built on a foundation of data, research, analysis, and explanation. Please visit often: new material is added frequently.

What we’ve heard from the region

Opinions, ideas, and priorities that spring from the lived experience of the people of the region are an important part of MetroCommon. We’re collecting public input at every stage of the planning process.

Visioning Phase Input: What do we want?

The first step in creating MetroCommon is for those of us who live, work, and play in the region to figure out what we want for our future. We’re using both direct and indirect ways to prompt people’s thoughts. Some questions are playful, some serious. We’re asking in person and on line, and urging responses in video, audio, and written forms. We are cataloging and analyzing responses, and looking for trends across all the answers. We’ll keep those trends in mind as we draft regional goals.

About MAPC 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston.

Established in 1963, MAPC is a public agency created under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40B Section 24. MAPC is governed by representatives from each city and town in our region, as well as gubernatorial appointees and designees of major public agencies.

Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. Our regional plan, MetroFuture, guides our work as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region’s future.

We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, clean energy, and public health.

About regional planning and MetroCommon

What’s a long-range regional plan? It’s a set of actions that local and state government can take to improve the region over time. Plans like MetroCommon can include thinking about many different aspects of our lives. That’s because policies and laws can affect jobs, transportation, health, and more.

MetroCommon will focus on challenges and opportunities that are bigger than any one place. And it will look at how those issues are connected. Topics like traffic congestion, the rising cost of housing, our changing climate, equity of wealth and health, and efficient government – all will be part of the mix.