Terry Szold

Terry Szold, MRP, is Adjunct Professor of Land Use Planning and principal of Community Planning Solutions. She has close to 30 years of experience in land use, strategic, and comprehensive planning. She was Planning Director for the Town of Burlington, Massachusetts, from 1988 to 1994, when she came to MIT. Previously, she served in a variety of senior planning positions in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Terry’s on-going consulting work includes the preparation of smart growth and mixed use zoning regulations in various cities and towns in the New England region. She has worked on multiple master plans, land use and zoning analyses, design peer reviews, re-use plans, and been involved as an expert in land use legal cases.

She is co-editor of the books: Smart Growth: Form and Consequences, published by The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2002, and, with Eran Ben-Joseph, Regulating Place: Standards and the Shaping of Urban America, published by Routledge Press in 2005. Her article, “Mansionization and Its Discontents: Planners and the Challenge of Regulating Monster Homes,” was published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, in spring, 2005. She has also written about the issue of accessibility in the built environment.

In 2011, Terry was presented with the Charles E. Downe Memorial Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, given as a recognition for her work as a planner and educator.

Areas of Interest
Community Planning and Economic Development, Land Use Law and Planning