Springfield Neighborhood Plans

About the Project

The City of Springfield is developing Neighborhood Investment Plans for eleven of its seventeen neighborhoods. The focus of this work is to restabilize the neighborhoods that were disproportionately negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The City is using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support this project, which will continue through the end of 2024.

The City has hired the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to manage the project. PVPC engaged Way Finders to facilitate community engagement with residents, small businesses, and local community-based organizations in the plan update process. A series of engagement events will be held throughout the project to collect input from residents, business-owners, and community groups in the participating neighborhoods. PVPC staff are meeting monthly with neighborhood councils in the targeteds neighborhoods and community stakeholders are also invited to contribute to the neighborhood planning process. For more information or to schedule an interview or to invite the Planning Team to your neighbrohood event, please contact Catherine Ratté, 413 285-1174 or at cratte@pvpc.org.

Upcoming: Community Workshps in April!

Way Finders and Planners from PVPC are engaging residents, community-based organizations and local businesses to understand issues, collaboratively develop or affirm solutions, and prioritize investments for the next 10 years.

Collaborating with the three Neighborhood Councils serving North End, Metro, and South End neighborhoods, and with UMass’ Landscape and Regional Planning graduate students, these workshops will showcase design ideas for neighborhood investments based on what residents prioritized in the survey.

Residents are encouraged to attend; dinner will be provided:

Phase 1 Phase 2

The Draft plans for Bay, Maple High/Six Corners, McKnight, Old Hill and Upper Hill are available for review here:

Click on links below to view/download the draft plans

Maple High/Six Corners
Old Hill
Upper Hill

NOTE—these plans are being edited based on feedback received from residents, Neighborhood Councils and other stakeholders; please email comments or questions to Catherine Ratte at cratte@pvpc.org or feel free to call 413/285-1174 if you would like to discuss your neighborhood’s draft Investment plan.

The planning team continues to meet with the target Neighborhood Councils and other stakeholders to refine the plan recommendations.






The Economic Development, Community Development, Arts & Culture, and Food Access

Click here to view calendar for meeting notes and recordings, and other related materials from Phase One work which focused on Mason Square neighborhoods (Bay, McKnight, Old Hill and Upper Hill) and Maple High/Six Corners Planning Meetings

Phase 2 on Springfield’s Neighborhood Investment Plans. Four more neighborhoods—Brightwood and Memorial Square in the city’s North End, the Metro Center neighborhood in the heart of downtown and the South End are now the focus of the planning process.

We want to hear your feedback on Phase 2 of the City of Springfield Neighborhood Planning Process. Please take the time to complete the appropriate survey above that pertains to your neighborhood.

Do you live, work, or frequent the North End, Metro Center, or South End? The Digital Map Tool allows you to comment directly on a map that will inform where investments should be prioritized. Click or tap to place comments on the map on the left, indicating where you believe improvements ought to take place.

Members of the Neighborhood Investment Planning team will be staffing tables at community events, engaging residents with a short survey to understand their investment priorities and opportunities. Collaborating with the New North Citizens Council and the three Neighborhood Councils serving these neighborhoods, the Way Finders team and Planners from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will be engaging residents, community-based organizations and local businesses to understand issues, collaboratively develop or affirm solutions, and prioritize investments for the next ten years.


Data Atlas Resources

The city of Springfield engaged their regional planning agency, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to produce this Data Atlas in order to provide community-based advocacy and service delivery organizations, residents, and city government with health, economic, and educational information on each of the city's 17 neighborhoods. Collectively, we seek to answer the question: how is Springfield doing?

The Springfield Data Atlas by Neighborhood Report and Springfield Data Atlas website are sources for more information regarding the different neighborhoods in Springfield.

Springfield Data Atlas Report      Springfield Data Atlas website
Click on images above to view/download report and connect to Data Atlas website

                Project Timeline

• Winter & Summer '23
• Mason Square Area Neighborhoods:
Old Hill, Upper Hill, McKnight, Bay,
Maple-High/Six Corners

• Fall-Winter-Spring '23-'24
North End Area Neighborhoods:
Brightwood & Memorial Square, Metro Center,
South End

• Summer/Fall/Winter '24
Forest Park, and
Indian Orchard Neighborhoods
                    Neighborhood Information
Mason Square Neighborhood Map (active)
Mason Square Neighborhood Map (pdf)
Old Hill Neighborhood Action Plan (2015) (pdf)
McKnight Plan (1994) (pdf)
City of Springfield Neighborhood Council Directory
City of Springfield Permitting Guides
Open Space and Recreation Plan (2022)
Springfield's Climate Action & Resilience Plan
Springfield Complete Streets Implementation Guide
A Plan for Economic Development in the North End
Rebuild Springfield
Springfield Hazard Mitigation Plan
Northeast Downtown District Master Plan
Rapid Recovery Plan 2021
Office of Planning & Economic Development
Catherine Ratté

Director Land Use and Environment Department
Way Finders
Beatrice Dewberry
Community Building and Engagement Director
Mayor's Office
Ed Whitely
Deputy Director Neighborhood Services
Tina Quagliato Sullivan
Director of Disaster Recovery


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)