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

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.  

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. 

PVPC helped the City of Easthampton update its 2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan. Members of the public and interested residents participated in the planning process through an online survey and two virtual Public Visioning Sessions where they shared their ideas about Easthampton's open space and recreation goals and objectives for implementation.

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.  

The Pioneer Valley Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) outlines  the direction of transportation planning and improvements for the Pioneer Valley through the year 2040.  It provides the basis for all state and federally funded Transportation improvement projects and planning studies.  This document is an update to the current RTP (last published in 2016) and is endorsed by the Pioneer Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee (CRCC) was formed nearly 30 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 1.6 billion gallons of untreated wastewater flowing into the Connecticut River annually from our region’s legacy Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) infrastructure.