PVPC Mission
The 43 cities and towns comprising the PVPC are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life for its individual member communities and for the over 630,000 residents of the region as a whole by:

Developing policies, programs and projects that can address regional problems or opportunities whenever such efforts can benefit from sound regional planning work;

Serving as a strong advocate for the PVPC’s regional communities as their needs and circumstances dictate;

Engaging in an open and broadly participatory planning process that’s firmly grounded in ethical principles and an ongoing pursuit of high quality public services.

Providing technical assistance and grant management to member communities.

A Summary Profile of the Commission and the Region it Serves
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) is the state-designated regional planning agency for the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts encompassing 43 cities and towns within the Connecticut River Valley of mid-western Massachusetts that’s located approximately 100 miles due west of Boston.  The PVPC is the legally-designated regional planning agency for a diverse and scenic region that’s nearly 1200 square miles in area and over 630,000 population which includes New England’s seventh largest metropolitan area.  The PVPC was created in April of 1962 under the provisions of state enabling legislation, namely Chapter 40B, Section 3 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and by the 1980s all 43 member communities had voluntarily decided to join the PVPC’s planning district.  The PVPC’s state enabling legislation is purposely designed to permit cities or towns to plan jointly in order to promote the greatest efficiency and economy, coordinated and orderly development within their jurisdictions, and the general welfare and prosperity of their citizens.

The Planning Commission works in concert with a professional planning and support staff of nearly 50 talented individuals, plus a broad array of public agencies and officials, to define and direct solutions to area-wide problems as well as to pursue regional opportunities that cannot be effectively addressed by member communities working alone.  The scope of the PVPC’s work agenda is broad and diverse and covers a range of topics, including, but not limited to:

Community Development

Municipal Shared Services

Demographic Data & Analysis


Historic Preservation

GIS Mapping

Land Use & Environment

Bikeway & Trail Development

Domestic Violence Prevention

Economic Development

Climate Change

Water Quality Management

Clean Energy


Hazard Mitigation

Public Health & Emergency Response

Rural Development

Policy Development & Advocacy

In addition to these regionally-focused work activities, the PVPC also prides itself on offering its member communities free, local technical assistance in order to help address a variety of planning issues and needs prominent at the local level (e.g. local zoning regulations, master plan guidance, traffic counting, grant applications, development reviews etc.)

As it carries out its ambitious work agenda, the PVPC is constantly promoting regional collaboration between and among its 43 member municipalities.  Currently it is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation and coordination among all levels of government as well as the region’s private business sectors in order to benefit the region and improve the quality of life for its current and future residents.  In addition, the PVPC serves as an informed and proactive advocacy voice for the region as well as its individual member cities and towns.

PVPC’s consolidated annual budget for Fiscal Year 2019 is $7.2 million of which 1.4% comes from assessments of its member communities, while 98.6% comes from contracts, grant awards and other revenue sources.  At any given time over the course of a fiscal year, there are hundreds of active grants and contract activities which the PVPC is engaged in.  Under the agency’s current organizational structure, 9 department heads are managed directly by the Executive Director with assistance provided by a Deputy Director of Operations and an Executive Assistant/Office Manager.  Since the PVPC was first established 57 years ago, the PVPC has had only 2 Executive Directors.  The current PVPC Executive Director has held this post since 1981 and has notified the Commission that he plans to retire in the fall of 2019.



Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
60 Congress Street – Floor 1
Springfield, MA 01104
413 • 781• 6045