December 2007

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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 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.

Attributes

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:
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 attribute WEBSITE, which stores the web address (URL) of each RPA.

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.
For phone numbers and web links to each RPA please see the following links: List and Map of RPAs pdf format of    rpalist.pdf  | RPAs GIS Contacts pdf format of    rpagisstaff.pdf  | Descriptions of RPAs pdf format of    rpadesc.pdf  .

Last Updated 12/13/2007