Spencer Property Assessment and Reuse Plan

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Average Daily Traffic

American Farmland Trust

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

American International College

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Approval Not Required

American Planning Association

Aquifer Protection District

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

Automatic Traffic Recorder

Average Vehicle Ridership

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

Business Improvement District

Bicycle Level of Service

Best Management Practice

Bridge Management System

Board of Appeals (or Adjustment)

Board of Health

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Commercial Area Revitalization District

Community Action Statement

Central Business District

Cape Cod Commission

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

Community Development

Community Development Action Grant

Community Development Block Grant

Centers for Disease Control

Community Development Corporation

Community Development Fund

Community Development Plan

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Community Enterprise Economic Development

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

Community Housing Development Organizations

Capital Improvement Inventory System

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Management Process

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

Compressed Natural Gas

Carbon Monoxide

Council of Governments

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

Community Preservation Act

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Community Service Block Grant

Combined Sewer Overflow

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Employment and Training

Department of Housing and Community Development

Direct Local Technical Assistance

Department of Energy Resources

Department of Revenue

Department of Transportation

Department of Public Works

Developments of Regional Impact

Executive Order

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

Economic Development Administration

Economic Development Council

Economic Development District

Economic Development Data and Information System

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

Environmental Impact Report

Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Justice

Environmental Notification Form

Economic Opportunity Area

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Site Assessment

Economic Target Area

Federal Aid

Functional Classification (of roadways)

Federal Housing Administration

Federal Highway Administration - An agency of the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical support to each state for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.

Federal Highway Administration

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Federal Transit Administration

Greenhouse Gas

Geographic Information System - A system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth.

Geographic Information System

Global Positioning System

Housing Appeal Committee


Holyoke Community College

Housing Development Support Program

Housing Innovation Fund

Home Modification for Individuals with Disabilities Loan

Highway Overlay District

Historic Overlay District

Homeownership Opportunities Program

High Occupancy Vehicle

Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Production Plan

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Invitation for Bid

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Job Access and Reverse Commute

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Trail

Joint Transportation Committee

Local Board(s) of Health

Limited English Proficiency

Local Housing Authority

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Level of Service

Local Option Transportation Tax

Local Pavement Management System

Light Rail Vehicle

Local Technical Assistance

Massachusetts General Laws

Hazardous waste cleanup regulations

Uniform procurement law for local governments


Planning/comprehensive permits

Smart growth zoning and housing production

Smart growth school cost reimbursement

Subdivision control

Expedited permitting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Massachusetts Geographic Information System

Minority Business Enterprises

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency 

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Massachusetts Geographic Information Council

Massachusetts Historical Commission 

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency

Municipal Incentive Grant

Massachusetts Municipal Association

Memorandum of Agreement

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Memorandum of Understanding

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Metropolitan Statistical Area

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Martha's Vineyard Commission

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

National Association of Regional Councils

New England Association of Regional Councils

Non-Federal Aid

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended)

National Highway System

Neighborhood Housing Services program

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Nitrogen Oxide

Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Transportation Safety Board

Old Colony Planning Council

Overall Condition Index (Pavement)

Open Space and Recreation Plan

Pavement Condition Index

Priority Development Fund

Purchase of Development Rights

Peak Hour Traffic (or Trips)

Payment in Lieu of Taxes

[Metropolitan] Planning Funds

Pavement Management System 

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area

Pavement Management Users Group

Planner on a Disc

Public Participation Process

Planned Unit Residential Development

Pioneer Valley Regional Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

Rental Development Action Loan

Regional Employment Board

Regional Education and Business Alliance

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Request For Proposal

Request for Qualifications

Request for Response

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Roadway Inventory Files

Revolving Loan Fund

Regional Planning Agency

Regional Pavement Management System

Regional Transit Authority

Regional Technology Corporation

Regional Transportation Plan

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

Small Business Administration

Supplier Diversity Office 

State Implementation Plan (for air quality)

Sustainable Knowledge Corridor

Single Occupancy Vehicle

Special Permit

Special Permit Planning

Site Plan Review

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

Single Room Occupancy

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

Springfield Technical Community College

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Surface Transportation Program

Targeted Brownfields Assessment

Transportation and Community System Preservation [Pilot Program]

Transportation Demand Management

Transfer of Development Rights

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century

Tax Increment Financing

Transportation Improvement Program

The Literacy Project

Turning Movement Count

Traditional Neighborhood District

Transit Oriented Design (or Development)

Transportation Research Board

Trip Reduction Ordinance

Transportation Systems Management

Urban Growth Boundary

Urban Land Institute

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

Unified Planning Work Program

Urban Revitalization Development Grant

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Public Land Survey

Underground Storage Tanks

Vehicle Miles Traveled

Volatile Organic Compound

Vehicle Occupancy Rate

Ware Adult Learning Center

Weatherization Assistance Program

Women-owned Business Enterprises

Wellhead Protection Area

Western New England University

Water Quality Management Plan

Westfield River Watershed Association

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

Water Supply Protection [District]

Westfield State University

Zoning Board of Adjustment (or Appeals)

Old fire station, 11 Cherry Street



March 23, 2015

The project consulting team presented the draft final report to Spencer's Board of Selectmen during today's forum; many thanks to all those in attendance. Spencer invites property owners to review the assessment(s) and property data in the report, which is available here (note: this is a large file at around 19MB). Following review of the report, property owners and other interested parties may contact Michelle Buck (Town Planner, mbuck@spencerma.gov or 508 885-7500 x180) or Adam Gaudette (Town Administrator, agaudette@spencerma.gov or 508 885-7500 x1855) to discuss the plan and opportunities to improve their investments in downtown Spencer. A copy of the slides displayed at the forum is available here

March 6, 2015

After a winter of planning activities by the consulting team, the third public forum for this project is set for Monday, March 23, 6:30PM in the Selectmen's meeting room at Town Hall (see flyer here). At the forum, key properties and clusters of properties in need of revitalization will be identified and potential implementation actions outlined. Check back here in advance of the forum for contact from the draft final planning document.

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

The property list has been further refined to 58 parcels, with a map available here, a site list here and an explanation of the property selection process here. The 2nd public forum has been set for October 29 at 6:30PM at Spencer Town Hall. The forum will provide the Board of Selectmen and members of the public with an opportunity to review the results of field survey work and to discuss next steps for plan development.

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

A public forum has been scheduled for June 16 at 6:30PM at Spencer Town Hall to discuss this project with the Board of Selectmen and interested members of the public.



Project Summary

Spencer's Property Assessment and Re-use Planning Project (PARP) will assess 50-60 “distressed” buildings and sites in the downtown Spencer target area. Distressed properties are those which contain abandoned, vacant, blighted, and/or foreclosed structures. After determining site restrictions/limitations, preservation considerations, building conditions, and restoration/rehabilitation costs, re-use recommendations will be developed to guide potential redevelopment at each site.

Public participation will be a key component of this project, with at least 4 public meetings to be held to discuss re-use preferences and strategies for key properties. Downtown Spencer residents, property owners, business operators and other stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this planning process. Occasional project status updates will be posted online here.

Major tasks under this planning project include:

Task 1. Building Assessment (est. 50-60 properties)

Initial inspection and assessment of structures. One page data sheet per structure including basic descriptive information, condition assessment, identification of required rehabilitation, and general estimation of cost.

Task 2. Site Assessment

Identification of property and site limitations of Task 1-identified sites. Assessment of infrastructure (water, sewer). Zoning review (allowances, restrictions, recommended modifications, etc.).

Task 3. Building and Site Re-use Recommendations

Develop re-use recommendations for each parcel (building and site) assessed per Tasks 1 and 2. Recommendations to include type of use, occupancy, redevelopment options (including demolition). commercial/mixed use suitability.

Task 4. Facilitation of Implementation Plan

Develop financing strategies to redevelop the identified sites as recommended. Engage regional development entities and (where possible) property owners for implementation. Identify and plan for any temporary relocation that may result upon implementation.

Task 5. Final Report

Compilation of findings of Tasks 1 - 4 including recommendation of action per building/parcel; recommendation of financing and related redevelopment considerations: development of a parcel database in a suitable and agreed upon format for the Town of Spencer.

At the completion of the project, the Town of Spencer will have a current, relevant, and professionally prepared plan that offers a road map for revitalization of key distressed properties within the target area. The resulting document will equip the Town with the information necessary to make informed decisions about public investment at key properties, and will assist and encourage investment by private property owners. The Town will also be able to use the information developed in this plan to seek future Community Development Fund resources (or other funds) to implement the plan.



This project is funded through a FY2013 Community Development Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development to the Town of Spencer, using Community Development Block Grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This project is being undertaken by Community Preservation Associates of Arlington, Mass., with project management assistance to the Town of Spencer provided by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Additional Documents

Finalgroup map Oct 14.pdf

Spencer PARP site map as of 10-2-14
Spencer PARP Site Map, October 2014
Finalgroup map Oct 14.pdf

Revised Spencer Powerpoint - March 25 2015.pdf

Spencer PARP Forum #3 Slide Show (3-23-15)
Spencer PARP Forum #3 Slide Show (3-23-15)
Revised Spencer Powerpoint - March 25 2015.pdf

SpencerParpreportDraft 3-16-15.pdf

Spencer PARP Report Draft 3-16-15
Spencer PARP Report Draft 3-16-15
Spencer Property Assessment and Reuse Plan Report: Draft 3-16-15


PARP Forum #2 Powerpoint Slides
PARP Forum #2 Powerpoint Slides