Implementation Underway for “Our Next Future” Pioneer Valley Regional Action Plan

19 Feb 2014

February 19, 2014--From support for community gardens, to sharing information about increasing school purchases of local food, to holding “soak up the rain” workshops for better stormwater management, to helping towns adopt new solar energy regulations, actions to implement the Pioneer Valley’s regional sustainability plan, “Our Next Future,” are well underway.

On Thursday, February 20, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will update its 43 member communities on the work that PVPC staff are pursuing to bring to life the recommendations of “Our Next Future,” which was adopted in October 2013. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the PVPC office, 60 Congress Street in Springfield.

Projects moving forward include design and construction of a new passenger rail platform in Holyoke, addition of a three-mile regional bike and pedestrian path along the Connecticut River in Chicopee, redevelopment of Court Square in Springfield, and assessment of culvert vulnerabilities to heavy rain storms throughout the region.

“Our Next Future” summarizes detailed plans and recommendations that have been developed with the assistance of dozens of community volunteers, municipal officials, and PVPC staff. Topics include climate action and clean energy, food security, housing, environment, brownfields clean-up, green infrastructure, land use, and transportation.

“Our Next Future” and its supporting plans can be downloaded as PDF documents at