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Achieving regional progress means working together to find creative solutions. 

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission's professional staff of planners specializes in community development, economic development, environment and land use, regional information and policy, transportation and transit, historic preservation, municipal services, graphics and mapping, and Geographic Information System services. Under these broad areas, we provide an ever-expanding menu of services tailored to immediate local and regional needs with an eye toward the longer term and the larger context. Our approach is grounded in solid research and analysis applied in flexible and interdisciplinary fashion.  

Contact our staff and find out how PVPC can work with you.

Current Projects

Since 2011, PVPC has participated in four rounds of technical assistance from the MA DOER to assist member municipalities to achieve Green Community certification. Our region currently has 26 certified Green Communities with 5 more in the works.  Certified Green Communities receive an initial funding award to implement their 20% reduction plans and then have access to grants that can help fund additional energy efficiency projects in the municipality.

Funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Competition, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is partnering with the City of Springfield, the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Partners for a Healthier Community to facilitate the development of a climate action resilience plan to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and to make the city more resilient.

The 2018 to 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The TIP is a five-year fiscally constrained schedule of priority highway, bridge, transit, and multimodal projects identified by year and location complete with funding source and cost

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As part of a recent awarding of funding from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Urban Waters Small Grant program, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), in partnership with the Holyoke Conservation Commission, Holyoke DPW, Holyoke Community College, and the Enchanted Circle Theater Group, will develop a plan to address stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows (CSO) associated with Day Brook in the city.

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The second volume of the Healthy Community Design Toolkit is now ready for download and use. This volume focuses on strategies that cities and towns can use to increase food access for their residents. It presents, to date, the most comprehensive range of food access strategies suitable to Massachusetts cities and towns. 

PVPC collaborated with the Town of Williamsburg's Elder Services/Council on Aging, Healthy Hampshire and WalkBoston on a project that examined how healthy aging in Williamsburg is affected by the Town's Community Design. 

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) collects daily traffic count information at sample locations across the 43 cities and towns in Hampden and Hampshire Counties under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)MassDOT requests specific traffic count locations each year as part of PVPC’s3C contract.

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