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

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. 

Community Compact Cabinet 

The Town of Granby received a state contribution through its Community Compact grant to support the development of a Building Commissioner Cooperative Service program and Implementation to achieve economies-of-scale and service efficiency. Funds were issued to the PVPC to complete this analysis.


PVPC collaborated with the Town of Williamsburg's Elder Services/Council on Aging, Healthy Hampshire and WalkBoston on a project that examined how healthy aging in Williamsburg is affected by the Town's Community Design. 

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) collects daily traffic count information at sample locations across the 43 cities and towns in Hampden and Hampshire Counties under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)MassDOT requests specific traffic count locations each year as part of PVPC’s3C contract.

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:

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.

'Everything local government leaders need to know'

Hampden County-wide Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)


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.