Continuing its work to create long-term, regional development plans, the Patrick Administration has announced the completion of the Merrimack Valley Region Plan, which will coordinate future development to create sustainable growth while maintaining local natural resources.
   Press Release - Merrimack Valley Plan  pdf format of    Press Release - Merrimack Valley Plan

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 of the Administration’s 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.

Merrimack Valley Regional Plan - Process Summary pdf format of    Merrimack Valley Regional Plan  file size 2MB , June 2013

State Priority Area Map

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State Priority Development Areas

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State Priority Preservation Areas

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Regional Priority Areas

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Regional Priority Area List pdf format of    Regional Priority Area List