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.

Spencer property


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.

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.

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

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

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