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

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 modify the Healthy Community Design Toolkit: Leveraging Positive Change to assure consideration of the needs of older adults.

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

PVPC is collaborating with the Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the United Way of Hampshire County to assess patients access to services and recommend ways to improve access to services.

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

PVPC is collaborating with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the communities of Williamsburg and Springfield to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of select municipal recommendations of the Pioneer Valley Climate Action/Clean Energy Plan.

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

The goal of this study is to improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system to provide efficient access for all transportation modes to services and employment while encouraging development that enhances the livability of the Merrick and Memorial neighborhoods in West Springfield, MA.  It will be important to maximize use of the existing infrastructure and develop a process to involve residents and business owners in the identification of strategies that advance sustainable transportation measures that enhance local mobility as well as the quality of life.

Regional Bike Share Feasibility Study - DLTA 2014

Cities of Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield and Amherst
Colleges: Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, UMASS, Hampshire College, Smith College, Amherst College

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