February 2016

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Overview

This datalayer represents the boundaries of the 13 regional planning agencies (RPAs) in Massachusetts. Each RPA serves as a forum for state and local officials to address issues of regional importance, including the development of comprehensive plans and recommendations in areas of population and employment, transportation, economic development, regional growth and the environment. The layer was created in ARC/INFO based on the Towns layer and lists from each RPA of its member communities.

In ArcSDE the polygon layer is named RPAS_POLY. A line layer of the boundaries was created from the polygon features and is named RPAS_ARC. An ArcSDE annotation class, RPAS_ANNO_RPA, was created using an acronym of the RPA name.

Attributes

The polygon attribute table contains the fields RPA_ID (unique ID for each region), RPA_NAME (name of the RPA), and ACRONYM as follows:
RPA_ID RPA_NAME ACRONYM
1 BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION BRPC
2 FRANKLIN REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS FRCOG
3 PIONEER VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION PVPC
4 MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION MRPC
5 CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION CMRPC
6 NORTHERN MIDDLESEX COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS NMCOG
7 MERRIMACK VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION MVPC
8 METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL MAPC
9 OLD COLONY PLANNING COUNCIL OCPC
10 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT SRPEDD
11 CAPE COD COMMISSION CCC
12 MARTHA'S VINEYARD COMMISSION MVC
13 NANTUCKET PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION NPEDC
14 BELONGS BOTH TO MAPC & OCPC MAPC/OCPC

Also included is the field WEBSITE, which stores the web address (URL) of each RPA.

The RPAS_ARC layer contains the OUTLINE field, coded as follows:

 1 = State boundary
 2 = Internal RPA boundaries
 4 = Coastline

Maintenance

MassGIS maintains this layer. The RPA_NAMEs of the Berkshire and Franklin RPAs were edited to reflect the correct names in December 2004. In December, 2007, the ACRONYM and WEBSITE attributes were added, and the features were edited to form multi-part polygons. In February 2016 the MAPC/OCPC region was edited to include Duxbury and Hanover, which have become members of both RPAs.

See http://www.apa-ma.org/resources/massachusetts-regional-planning-agencies and http://www.regionalbestpractices.org/resources/where-is-my-regional-planning-agency/regional-planning-agencies/ for contact information of all the RPAs.


Last Updated 2/25/2016