Jeff Levine, director of planning and urban development in Portland, is taking a teaching position at MIT. Michael Kelley / The Forecaster

PORTLAND — For the last 20 years, Jeff Levine has been helping communities in Massachusetts and Maine plan for the future.

Now, after seven years as Portland’s director of planning and urban development, Levine is leaving city government to do that for the next generation of planners.

Levine’s last day in the planning office is Aug.2. He will join the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, where he will lecture in planning and economic development.

“I will be shaping the next generation of planners, which to me is really exciting at this point in

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