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

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is working with Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of planned street improvements to Pleasant Street in Northampton. 

Significant changes are in the works along Pleasant Street. Amtrak service was recently restored to the area. Two significant mixed-use housing projects are in process. The city is taking over a portion of lower Pleasant Street from MassDOT. 

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.

Image of the cover of the draft RTP

The Pioneer Valley Regional Transportation Plan or RTP is a federal requirement that outlines the direction of transportation planning over a minimum of twenty years.

Aerial view of proposed design for Walnut St. Extension

PVPC is working with the Town of Agawam on redevelopment planning for the Walnut Street Extension area.  The goal is to transform the area into a vibrant town center for Agawam. 

We are working on a variety of exciting projects DLTA Sustainable Development in 2015. See projects linked to this page for more information.

Ware Seal

Welcome to the Town of Ware's Community Development Program web page on www.pvpc.org! The Town was recently awarded an FY2014 Community Development Block Grant from the state to design and build infrastructure improvements (Prospect Street and High Street, respectively) and to provide support for domestic violence victims. This winter, the Town is seeking FY2015 grant funds for additional projects in conjunction with the Town of Hardwick, with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC).

Hardwick Town seal

Welcome to the Town of Hardwick’s Community Development Program web page! The Town was recently awarded an FY2014 Community Development Block Grant from the state to make infrastructure improvements (sewer and water) in Gilbertville and to provide support for seniors and domestic violence victims. This fall and winter, the Town is applying for FY2015 grant funds for additional improvements, with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and  in partnership with the Town of Ware.

Note: PVPC's brownfields Revolving Loan Fund expired on December 31, 2014. The text below is retained for informational purposes only. 

Program Summary & Types of Financing