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

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.

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

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Spencer property


August 8, 2014

Approximately 50 properties have been selected for study so far, based on field work and data review by Town staff and the consulting team led by Community Preservation Associates. A current list is viewable below under 'Documents'. A map of these sites is online here. Note that a few sites from the list could not be mapped properly and were omitted from the map.

June 3, 2014

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

2014-2017 TIP endorsed by the MPO on February 27, 2014

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.

PVPC is collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to create a web version of the Healthy Community Design Toolkit: Leveraging Positive Change.

The second edition of the Healthy Community Design Toolkit was completed in June of 2014. The update--which was funded by Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging-- incorporated detailed recommendations for ensuring that the built environment meets the needs of older adults.

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process