MBTA Zoning Technical Assistance

Applications for 2024 are NOW OPEN until January 31st, 2024. Apply here!

CHAPA is providing Technical Assistance for Community Engagement to all interested MBTA Communities seeking to comply with the Multi-Family Zoning Requirements for MBTA Communities (Section 3A). Municipal staff, elected leaders, and board members are encouraged to apply. This assistance is offered at no cost to communities. 

Participating communities will be divided into small cohorts with comparable communities. These cohorts will meet monthly for direct support and peer-to-peer learning. Cohort members will have exclusive access to monthly Learning Sessions on topics such as designing walkable neighborhoods, storytelling and narrative change, strategizing for Town Meeting, press relations, and more. 

Additionally, cohort members can request one-on-one support from CHAPA's MBTA Communities Engagement Manager. Areas of support could include meeting design and facilitation, effective messaging, graphic design, research, and much more, depending on the needs of the participants. 

Interested communities should fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact CHAPA's MBTA Communities Engagement Manager, Lily Linke, at llinke@chapa.org.

We look forward to working with you!


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