Our Land Use Forecasting program uses a variety of land use modeling tools to develop projections of future residential and commercial growth. These tools range from complex behavioral models of household and employer location choices to more straightforward "sketch models" that allow users to specify the location and characteristics of future development. We also develop indicators that communicate the impacts of projected growth on housing affordability, tax revenue, water demand, school enrollment, and a many other topics of concern.

These tools are used in many different planning applications, including municipal master planning, subregional or corridor plans, and regional transportation plans. In almost every case, we seek to create multiple scenarios of possible development futures, so that stakeholders can examine how policy decisions have an impact on future development and its outcomes.

MAPC's land use projections are used as the basis for the the Boston Region MPO’s Regional Transportation Plan, Go Boston 2030 and Imagine Boston 2030, the MBTA's Focus 40 planning effort, and the Lower Mystic Regional Working Group.