What is it?

    The Merrimack Valley Regional Plan was created in conjunction with the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, MassDOT, municipal officials, regional commissioners and various local and regional stakeholders.




    Who Participated?

    Commonwealth of MassachusettsMassDOT
    Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
    Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    One regional planning agency
    • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
    Fifteen municipalitiesAmesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury


    The Plan and Maps

    Continuing its work to create long-term, regional development plans, the Merrimack Valley Region Plan is complete, which will coordinate future development to create sustainable growth while maintaining local natural resources.   

    Created in collaboration with local and regional planners and business leaders, and state agencies, the plan supports the common strategy of planning ahead for growth shared by three cabinet-level secretariats – Housing and Economic Development, Transportation and Energy and Environmental Affairs – by establishing priority areas for development and preservation throughout the region from Andover to Newburyport. This strategy recognizes that each region has unique characteristics and that effective partnerships on a regional and local level are essential to continued success in furthering economic development, making smart transportation investments and achieving environmental preservation.

    The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) began working with the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) in the spring of 2012 to expand the state’s regional planning efforts to include the 15 Merrimack Valley communities represented by MVPC. EOHED has used the Planning Ahead for Growth Strategy it created to work with regions in the state (in particular the South Coast Rail region and the 495/MetroWest region) to develop regional plans which are based on identifying promising areas for new growth. In addition to identifying areas for growth, EOHED has partnered with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to ensure that regional plans reflect a well-balanced analysis of future land use objectives for the region by also identifying appropriate areas to prioritize for preservation.



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