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

Trees and tree canopy (a measurement which encompasses the layer of leaves, branches and stems of trees that shelter the ground when viewed from above) are increasingly recognized as key tools in achieving environmental, social, and economic resilience. In our Green Energy & Climate Action and Green Infrastructure Plans, PVPC prioritizes tree planting and protecting and enhancing the urban tree canopy as key strategies to both reducing energy demand and improving stormwater management.

Green Infrastructure

PVPC has a range of projects to support and advance the use of green infrastructure in the region for mitigation of stormwater flows and urban heat island impacts. 

Green infrastructure includes practices that capture and control stormwater near to where it falls in order to mitigate both the storm flows and summer heat impacts of impervious cover (rooftops, driveways, parking lots, roads) wherever possible. 

The City of Easthampton is seeking public input and comment on goals, objectives, and action items for the update of its 2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan. Members of the public are invited to participate in the planning process. 

Interested residents may get involved in the following ways:

Massachusetts has made real strides to develop clean energy and efficiency upgrades for residents. However, there are several challenges to overcome to deliver these benefits to low- and moderate-income households.

TIP is a Five-year schedule of priority highway, bridge, transit, and multimodal projects identified by year and location complete with funding source and cost.  The TIP is developed annually and is available for amendment and adjustment at any time.  Each program year of the TIP coincides with the Federal Fiscal Year calendar, October 1 through September 30.  

West Springfield is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). 

The Town of Longmeadow is seeking public input and comment to develop town goals, objectives, and action items for open space and recreation for the next seven years. Members of the public are invited to participate in the planning process. Interested residents may respond to a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/longmeadowosrp2020. Hard copies are available at Storrs Library, Town Hall, Community House, LPS Central Offices and Greenwood Center Council on Aging.

The Town of Southampton is seeking public input and comment to develop town goals, objectives, and action items for open space and recreation for the next seven years. All residents are encouraged to attend a public visioning session on Wednesday, December 182019 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1st floor meeting room.

The Town of Williamsburg is undertaking a planning effort to develop an updated Williamsburg Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), which was last completed in 2010. Once the OSRP is adopted, the town will become eligible for numerous state, federal, and private foundation grant opportunities for park and conservation projects. 

A Complete Street is a street designed to accomodate all users in a safe, convenient, and comfortable manner. Complete Streets can include sidewalks, bicycle lanes or other bicyle infrastructure, dedicated bus lanes, pedestrian islands, transit stops, curb extensions, pedestrian signals, and other elements which add to comfort and ease of travel.

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