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

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 expects to seek 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 expects to seek FY2015 grant funds for additional improvements, with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and likely in partnership with the Town of Ware.

Program Summary & Types of Financing

Assessment Program Summary

PVPC’s site assessment grant-of-service program provides assistance through Phase I and Phase II assessments and Phase III (cleanup planning) activities. Sites contaminated (or thought to be contaminated) by hazardous substances and/or petroleum are eligible.

Status update and discussion of PVPC's brownfields assessment and cleanup programs, including review of potential new projects. Full Advisory Committee meeting to be followed by Loan Review Subcommittee meeting. Agendas are attached below.

Spencer property

Updates

October 30, 2014

The second public forum was held October 29 - many thanks to the 30 or so property owners, business operators and interested citizens who participated and provided valuable input. As mentioned at the forum, the powerpoint presentation is available online (click here). Another forum is expected to be held in December to present property-specific revitalization concepts and implementation strategies. 

October 2, 2014

Study the feasibility of possible future passenger rail improvements intended to reduce travel time, maximize accessibility, and provide viable transportation alternative.

Hampden County
Shared Public Health Nurse Assistance Program - FY14 CIC

The Lampson Brook Farm area of Belchertown (seen at right) is the focus of efforts to identify ways that the former Belchertown State School (BSS) farm may contribute to local food security and open space & park access that will benefit the community. The Belchertown Agricultural Commission has received an assistance award by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to help develop strategies to achieve these goals.

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