Welcome To The Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

A collaboration of citizens, nonprofits and government agencies dedicated to providing essential and advanced training to citizens involved in municipal planning and land use.

2020 CPTC Online Workshops

Online Training

Roles & Responsibilities of Planning Boards and Boards of Appeals

Roles & Responsibilities Workshop Slides
This workshop will be re-broadcast. Date to be decided.

Prerecorded Online Training

Introduction to Subdivision Control & ANR
Special Permit & Variances
Writing Reasonable & Defensible Decisions

Why Us?

You want to do right for your community.

We teach you how.

Who We Are

CPTC is a collaborative made up of Dept. Housing & Community Development, UMass Center for Agriculture, Mass Association of Regional Planning Agencies, Mass Chapter American Planning Association, Mass Audubon, Mass Association of Planning Directors, citizen and professional planners.

It's mission is to empower land use officials to make effective and judicious decisions in the areas of development, transportation, natural resources and the environment by providing educational opportunities, access to information and resources, and by enhancing cooperation among and integration of land use boards within local government.

  • Workshops held throughout the State in October & November
  • Annual Conference Training Sessions held in March
  • On Demand Training Workshops
  • Online Training Workshops

Training Services

Training designed for Massachusetts Planners, Boards of Appeals, Zoning Enforcement Officers and others interested in land use in Massachusetts.

Fall Training

Over 20 workshops are held at Regional Planning Agenies around the state during Fall Training. Look for announcements in September.

Annual Conference

The 2019 CPTC Annual Conference will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 and covers core subjects, advanced subjects and current topics.

Online Training

Online training covers core subjects and can be completed on your schedule.

On Demand Training

Select a standard workshop or have a custom workshop created for your town, group or regional planning agency.



Authoritative publications on Massachusetts land use practice and law.

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Workshop Materials

Handouts and power point presentations from recent workshops.

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State Programs

Massachusetts  programs and initiatives that relate to municipal planning and housing

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