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 Town of Chester is developing a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan beginning in April 2016. The hazard mitigation plan is being developed by the Town with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The plan assesses the risks faced from natural hazards, identifies action steps that can be taken to prevent damage to property and loss of life, and prioritizes funding for mitigation efforts.

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Hampden County-wide Health Improvement Plan (HCHIP)
City of Holyoke

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is the Mass in Motion Coordinator for Palmer and West Springfield, working with inter-disciplinary Wellness Leadership teams in both communities to promote healthy behavior,  increase access to healthy food, and move the communities toward a health-in-all-policies approach through modifications to both the regulatory and built environment.  


PVPC's Regional Municipal Accounting Program is a fee-for-service program that offers professional financial management services for the prudent and proper supervision of the financial affairs of Town's. Its goal is to discharge the duties contained in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Sections 55 through 6 in the effort to assist municipalities enhance its municipal accounting functions and performance through an effective, practical, and functional regional program.  

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.” 

Group of adults and children biking on a street overhung by fall foliage. Image credit: Paul Franz, The Recorder

PVPC is working with the Town of South Hadley to develop a Comprehensive Plan for Walking/Bicycle Routes and Hiking Trails in South Hadley. The Plan will shape long-term improvements to the Town's sidewalks, bike routes, bike paths, and hiking trails. 

The Plan will help make it safer, easier, and more pleasant to walk and bike in South Hadley--whether that is for fun, shopping, getting to work or school, or exercise. The Plan will identify priority areas for improvement and will identify the key steps to move projects forward.

Ware Seal

Welcome to the Town of Ware’s Community Development Program web page! The Town received funding through a regional FY2015 Community Development Block Grant (along with the Town of Hardwick) for $878,801. For additional information and to learn about non-CDBG projects underway in Ware, please see the Town's Community Development website here

Hardwick Town seal

Welcome to the Town of Hardwick’s Community Development Program web page! The Town received funding through a regional FY2015 Community Development Block Grant (along with the Town of Ware) for $878,801. The following are Hardwick-specific projects: