What is the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission?

Since 1962, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been the designated regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in the Hampden and Hampshire county areas. PVPC is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the Pioneer Valley region and to improve its residents' quality of life.

Although PVPC is a public sector agency, it is not a direct arm of the federal or state governments. Rather, it is a consortium of local governments that have banded together under the provisions of state law to address problems and opportunities that are regional in scope. As a result, PVPC's planning area is designated as a special district under the provisions of state enabling legislation.

PVPC is funded through modest annual assessments from its member communities, state and federal grant programs, fees for administering community development block grants, and matching funds.

Communities Map Plainfield Cummington Worthington Middlefield Chester Blandford Tolland Granville Russell Montgomery Huntington Chesterfield Goshen Williamsburg Westhampton Southampton Westfield Agawam Longmeadow West-springfield Holyoke Easthampton Northampton Hatfield Hadley South-Hadley Chicopee Springfield East-Longmeadow Hampden Wilbraham Ludlow Granby Amherst Pelham Belchertown Palmer Monson Wales Holland Brimfield Ware Southwick

Community Projects

The Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee (CRCC) was formed 25 years ago by the Hampden and Hampshire County communities of Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke, Ludlow, Springfield, South Hadley, and West Springfield in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to address the hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated waste water flowing into the Connecticut River caused by our region’s legacy Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) infrastructure.

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) offers Interim Town Administrator/Manager services in support of our regions Selectboards who experinece turnover in these positions. The PVPC offers a personalized service approach to help towns 'gap-fill' to meet short-term needs and also provide support for longer-term objectives. Services include but are not limited to:

he Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) collects daily traffic count information at sample locations across the 43 cities and towns in Hampden and Hampshire Counties under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)MassDOT requests specific traffic count locations each year as part of PVPC’s3C contract.

The stretch of the Manhan River between the Tighe Carmody Reservoir and the Connecticut River is listed in the 2014 Massachusetts Integrated List of Impaired Waters as a Category 5 waterway impaired for E. coli contamination. The Manhan River is also a Class B water, designated as habitat for fish, aquatic life, and wildlife as well as primary and secondary recreation. The lower 6.2 miles, which run through the City of Easthampton, are listed as not supporting primary recreational uses due to E. coli contamination.

Grant Funding to allow Green Design Inclusion into Planned Road Reconstruction Projects

One of PVPC’s major areas of work is reducing combined sewer overflow discharges into the Connecticut River, which is the region's most significant natural resource. Street trees planted in urban areas offer a low-cost way to address stormwater runoff into the Connecticut River, while at the same time providing more attractive neighborhood environments for walking and biking, and thus reducing car use and improving property values.

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a requirement of the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process as described in the Metropolitan Planning Final Rule 23 CFR 450 section 324.  This regulation developed by the Federal Department of Transportation defines the Transportation Improvement Program as:

A staged, multiyear, intermodal program of transportation projects which is consistent with the metropolitan transportation plan.” 

NOAA Aerial Hurricane

PVPC helping to build Climate Resilience 

Funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Competition, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission partnered with the City of Springfield, the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Partners for a Healthier Community to facilitate the development of a climate action resilience plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and to make the city more resilient.

The 2018 to 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The TIP is a five-year fiscally constrained schedule of priority highway, bridge, transit, and multimodal projects identified by year and location complete with funding source and cost

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