For the last twenty years, the communities in the 495/MetroWest region of Massachusetts have undergone significant growth in employment and population.

The 495/MetroWest Development Compact is a shared framework for state, regional, and local strategies for priority development and land preservation as well as transportation and other infrastructure investments in the 37 municipalities in the region.

The Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development partnered with Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, and Mass Audubon to engage the region in the creation of a comprehensive land use and development plan for the 495/MetroWest region, modeled on the award-winning South Coast Rail Corridor Plan.

A key component of this plan is the identification of priority development and preservation areas and significant transportation and infrastructure investments for the region. Like the South Coast Plan, the 495/MetroWest plan was prepared in collaboration with regional and local participants and engaged both public and private sectors to form the framework for public decision-making in land use regulation and infrastructure investment within the region over the next twenty years.