PLAN: Mattapan

Summary & Goals

Guided by Imagine Boston 2030, PLAN: Mattapan is a City planning initiative that seeks to ensure that we preserve wisely, enhance equitably, and grow inclusively. Through these three principles of “preserve, enhance, and grow,” the City’s planning team will work with the community to create a comprehensive vision for the Mattapan planning area and guide future growth and investment.

PLAN: Mattapan will work closely with the community to review past planning efforts, and identify needs and opportunities for improvements which will support the long-term equitable growth and sustainability of the neighborhood. Focuses will include, though are not limited to, economic development (jobs and business) and the creation of transit-oriented market-rate and affordable housing growth while preserving the neighborhood’s character and unique attributes.

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Community Engagement

Upcoming Engagement

Where We've Been; Where We're Going | November 13, 2019
Now that we are one year into the process, we are excited to share with the community what we've learned from our last five (5) workshops, Chat with a Planner series, city resource fair, and countless other engagements. We will also be providing the community with an existing neighborhood conditions summary, detailing data we have about people and place. This evening will not only share and discuss what we have heard, but identify next steps in the planning process, implementation opportunities, as well as what we hope to accomplish through this initiative. Please join us to celebrate the work we've done to-date and discuss a roadmap for the work we will continue to do together.

Neighborhood Walk Alongs
Join us for a series of walks in Mattapan! Each walk-along is an opportunity to share your experiences of your neighborhood and to continue focused dialogue with residents about priorities that will shape PLAN: Mattapan. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to join. Weather permitting. Please contact us if you would like the PLAN: Mattapan team to join you and your neighbors or your organization on a Neighborhood Walk Along.

July - August
Throughout the months of July and August, you can find us attending local events and meetings, and looking for opportunities to engage with your community in Mattapan. We will be in the parks, at the T station, and popping up throughout the neighborhood. Details on where we will be and when will be distributed in advance. Please let us know if you would like us to attend any events or meetings to share information about the process. 

Chat with a Planner | Currently on Hold
We are briefly pausing our Chat with a Planner series as we consider new locations, times, and days of the week to better engage with community members. However, you can still find our team around the neighborhood attending events and you can always contact us. If you want to host a Chat with a Planner, please let us know!

Most Recent Engagement

Getting Around in Mattapan | June 25, 2019
As part of the sixth PLAN: Mattapan workshop, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) learned more about how residents move across the neighborhood and throughout the City of Boston. Attendees of the Getting Around in Mattapan meeting shared ideas for better mobility in the neighborhood. Attendees were also shown how streets can be seen as places and opportunities to interact with the community. Finally, the evening provided an opportunity for community members to reflect on the vision statements that were developed at the Goals Setting workshop in March. You can still provide feedback on the vision statement that the City's planning team synthesized by clicking here and filling out the survey.

You can also participate in the Getting Around in Mattapan small group activity by printing this document and sending a photo of the completed form to Kenya Beaman at

Agenda | Presentation | Board | Exercise | Exercise Feedback
Agenda | Presentación | JuntaEjercicioComentarios sobre el ejercicio
Pwogramasyon | Prezantayson | AfichAktiviteFidbak

Previous Engagement

Haitian Community Conversation & Update | May 23, 2019
This was the fifth community meeting as a part of the PLAN: Mattapan process. This meeting was conducted in Haitian Creole with English translated materials and interpretation services available. The evening began with a brief presentation updating the community on what has been discussed thus far in the process. Immediately following the presentation, attendees were invited to review the open house boards related to previous workshops and provide feedback. Feedback was focused on the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of Mattapan, as well as, prioritizing the goals and vision for PLAN: Mattapan. All community members are encouraged to join us for future PLAN: Mattapan workshops.

Agenda | Presentation | Boards | Exercise Feedback
Pwogramasyon | Prezantayson | Afich | Fidbak

Goal Setting for Our Neighborhood | March 21, 2019
This was the fourth community meeting as a part of the PLAN: Mattapan process. At this event community members explored and prioritized draft goals for the planning initiative in order to further tailor the focus of PLAN: Mattapan. The evening began with a brief presentation about where the BPDA discussed the PLAN: Mattapan process and what we have heard throughout. Attendees then broke out into small groups and discussed priorities for the planning initiative and developed initial goal statements. This was a great opportunity to influence and inform the next steps for the initiative and to hear more about the upcoming workshops and process.

Agenda | Presentation | Exercise Feedback
Agenda | Presentación | Comentarios sobre el ejercicio
Pwogramasyon | Prezantayson | Fidbak

City Resource Fair | February 9, 2019
This was the third community meeting as a part of the PLAN: Mattapan process. At this event, community members had an opportunity to meet with a number of City of Boston departments and offices to learn about the work that they are doing in Mattapan. City representatives who attended the event work with issues related to housing, workforce development, transportation, arts & culture, and open space. No feedback was requested at this meeting, but there will continue to be opportunities to provide input on the future of Mattapan.

Presentation | Open House Boards | Data Packet
Presentación | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas | Paquetede Datos
Prezantayson | Afich | Pake Done
City Resources Contact List - English | Español | Kreyòl Ayisyen

Envisioning Your Neighborhood | December 10, 2018
This was the second community workshop as a part of the PLAN: Mattapan process. At this meeting, community members explored 5 planning themes (Neighborhood Identity, Housing, Jobs + Businesses, Open Space + Climate Resilience, and Mobility) in more detail. Small groups discussed the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of each of the themes.

Agenda | Presentation | Exercise Feedback
Agenda | Presentación | Comentarios sobre el ejercicio
Pwogramasyon | Prezantayson | Fidbak

Open House Kick-Off | October 25, 2018
The planning initiative officially launched on October 25th, with our open house at the Mildred Avenue Community Center. The Mattapan community came together to meet the city's planning team, provided feedback on the study's focus area, and explored the three themes of Preserve, Enhance, and Grow. Your feedback at the open house was the first of many opportunities to engage in the conversation around planning in your neighborhood.

Agenda | Open House Boards | Exercise Feedback
Agenda | Paneles de la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas | Comentarios sobre el ejercicio
Pwogramasyon | Afich | Fidbak

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