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 | April - May
Throughout the month of April and beginning of May we will be reaching out to neighborhood associations, attending local events and meetings, and looking for opportunities to engage with your community in Mattapan. Details on where and when we will be in Mattapan will be listed here 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 | First Thursday of Each Month, 12 - 5 PM
Part of the PLAN: Mattapan team will be available at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library to answer any questions you may have about the planning process. This is an additional opportunity for those who are unable to attend our evening meetings to hear about the process and offer their input. No new content will be covered and there will not be a presentation, this is an informal event. Feel free to stop by at anytime between 12 - 5 PM on the first Thursday of the month. The next time we will be at the library is April 4.
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.
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 will be 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. The next opportunity is Chat with a Planner which will be held on March 7, 2019, from 12-5 PM at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library.
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. To do this, small groups discussed the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of each of the themes. The PLAN: Mattapan Team will continue to gather feedback on these topics and more. Join us at Chat with a Planner to provide your own feedback or send us an invite to your next community meeting.
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.