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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 and their member communities. In ArcSDE the layer is named RPAS_POLY. An ArcSDE annotation class, RPAS_ANNO_RPA, was created using an abbreviation of the RPA name.
The polygon attribute table contains the items RPA_ID (unique ID for each region), RPA_NAME (name of the RPA), and ACRONYM (abbreviation of name) as follows:
1 BERKSHIRE REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
FRANKLIN REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
3 PIONEER VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION
MONTACHUSETT REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
5 CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
NORTHERN MIDDLESEX COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
7 MERRIMACK VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION
METROPOLITAN AREA PLANNING COUNCIL
9 OLD COLONY PLANNING COUNCIL
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
11 CAPE COD COMMISSION
MARTHA'S VINEYARD COMMISSION
13 NANTUCKET PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
BELONGS BOTH TO MAPC & OCPC
Also included is the attribute WEBSITE, which stores the web address (URL) of each RPA.
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.
For phone numbers and web links to each RPA please see the following links: List and Map of RPAs | RPAs GIS Contacts | Descriptions of RPAs .
Last Updated 12/13/2007