Expertise for Communities


  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 2:23 PM | Lou Rabito

    Consulting Planners of Mass. members Daphne Politis, AICP, principal at Community Circle, and Darrin Punchard, AICP, CFM, principal at Punchard Consulting, are part of the Class of 2022 Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. 

    Nominated by their peers, they are recognized and honored for their contributions as a professional planner. The AICP states they "left demonstrably significant and transformational improvements to the field of planning and the communities they served."


  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 11:13 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Developer has converted an former tobacco industrial building in the Athens area of Piraeus into Greece’s first green car parking area. "Parksmart is a unique rating system in the world that is designed to promote sustainable design and operation of parking structures,” 

  • Wednesday, February 02, 2022 10:37 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Italy’s most populous metro area will build hundreds of kilometers of protected cycling lanes to ward off worsening pollution from cars and trucks. Reaching from Milan’s core far out into the surrounding countryside, the ambition is to make cycling the first and easiest choice for getting around the Metropolitan City of Milan — a district that includes both the city proper, its suburbs and some of its immediate rural hinterland.

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 10:56 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Brighton & Hove Council's policy stipulates that all new buildings above five metres should include bee bricks, as well as bird nesting boxes suitable for swifts.

    These bee bricks are the same size as regular bricks, but integrate a series of narrow openings like those where solitary bees are known to nest.

  • Tuesday, February 01, 2022 9:29 AM | Lou Rabito

    Climate Change and Design: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation into your Practice, another great Donovan Hatem LLP Roundtable, is Wed. Feb. 16 at 10:00 am. CPM member Julie Eaton Ernst of Weston & Sampson is featured with Molly Dee-Ramasney from Jaros, Baum & Boles in NYC.

    Free online event. Register at

  • Monday, January 31, 2022 2:36 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Their analysis found that "a surprising number of other zoning requirements have the potential to interfere with efforts to open more land to multifamily dwellings." These include public hearing requirements that can delay or derail projects, minimum parking requirementsheight limits, lot coverage, floor area ratio requirements, and occupancy restrictions. As others have pointed out, upzoning alone doesn't guarantee new construction if demand doesn't exist or other restrictions make development too onerous and expensive.

  • Monday, January 31, 2022 2:28 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Responding to the rise in housing costs that has affected even remote corners of the world, New Zealand recently passed "sweeping zoning reform legislation" that encourages mid-density housing development. As Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy writes, these reforms provide some valuable lessons for other countries.

    The island nation is mandating mid-density zoning requirements and transit-oriented development in an effort to increase housing affordability and encourage compact development.

  • Friday, October 22, 2021 7:07 PM | Michaela Morse (Administrator)

    Starting this fall, Consulting Planners of Mass. is excited to launch our new Planner of the Month spotlight series. We want to learn more about our members and the incredible work they are doing as private sector planners. Each month we will post an interview with a featured CPM member to share what they are up to, as well as some of their insights into the world of consulting planning.

    It is our pleasure to present Jenn Goldson, AICP, as our Planner of the Month for October 2021. Jenn is the Founder and Managing Director of the consulting firm JM Goldson and winner of the 2020 APA-MA Comprehensive Planning Award. She sat down with CPM President Leonardi Aray and shared her experience as a certified community planner, as well as her desires for the planning profession. Watch the interview below or refer to the table of contents for a section that interests you.

    Table of Contents

    • Jenn's intro – 00:13
    • Current projects – 01:11
    • Book group: How Jenn engages with other planners – 03:47
    • Who Jenn most admires: Private & public sector planning – 05:45
    • Diversity: Changes Jenn has observed in planning – 06:42
    • The pandemic: Best planning practices Jenn has seen – 07:46
    • Jenn's community & a favorite spot – 10:30
    • Why CPM – 11:22
    • Closing slides – 12:32

    To learn more about Jenn's community planning book group, visit

    If you are interested in suggesting yourself or a fellow CPM member as a future Planner of the Month, please reach out to CPM President Leonardi Aray at

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