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

PVPC is working with the Planning Board of the Town of Williamsburg to implement zoning changes that have been recommended in past planning studies. The project is funded by the District Local Technical Assistance Program for the 2017 calendar year. 

Rural Economic Development Coordinator
Hilltown Collaborative
Community Compact Cabinet Program
District Local Technical Assistance
MA Efficiency & Regionalization Grant 2017

Since 2011, PVPC has participated in four rounds of technical assistance from the MA DOER to assist member municipalities to achieve Green Community certification. Our region currently has 26 certified Green Communities with 5 more in the works.  Certified Green Communities receive an initial funding award to implement their 20% reduction plans and then have access to grants that can help fund additional energy efficiency projects in the municipality.

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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As part of a recent awarding of funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Urban Waters Small Grant program, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), in partnership with the Holyoke Conservation Commission, Holyoke DPW, Holyoke Community College, and the Enchanted Circle Theater Group, will develop a plan to address stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows (CSO) associated with Day Brook in the city.

cover image for document, Municipal Strategies to Increase Food Access

The second volume of the Healthy Community Design Toolkit is now ready for download and use. This volume focuses on strategies that cities and towns can use to increase food access for their residents. It presents, to date, the most comprehensive range of food access strategies suitable to Massachusetts cities and towns. 

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