Central Massachusetts Land Use Priority Plan

The Central Massachusetts Land Use Priority Plan is a regional-level planning study created as a collaboration between the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC), the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, municipal officials, local planners, as well as various local and regional stakeholders.  The Plan establishes community-based priorities for preservation and development, thereby, providing a framework for targeting public investments to areas that conserve the intrinsic qualities of the region while capitalizing on its economic strength in the state.

Participants:

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission
Municipalities: Barre, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Hardwick, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Princeton, Rutland, Warren, West Brookfield, Auburn, Boylston, Charlton, Dudley, Holden, Leicester, Oxford, Paxton, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Webster, West Boylston, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, and Uxbridge

Documents:

cmrpcexecsummary.pdf  pdf format of cmrpcexecsummary.pdf

cmrpcplan.pdf  pdf format of cmrpcplan.pdf
file size 2MB

Merrimack Valley Regional Plan

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.

Participants:

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Municipalities: Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury

The Plan and Maps

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 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.

Metro North Land Use Priority Plan

The Metro North Land Use Priority Plan is a regional-level planning study created as a collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, municipal officials, local planners, as well as various local and regional stakeholders.  The Plan identifies: 1) Priority Areas for Development (PDAs) and Preservation (PPAs) at a local, regional and state level, and 2) opportunities to support the infrastructure, zoning and permitting necessary to help advance the goals of the Plan.

Participants:

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Municipalities: Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Revere, Somerville, Winthrop, and Boston (East Boston and Charlestown)

The Plans and Maps

Metro North Land Use Priority Plan pdf format of metronorthfinalreportsep2014.pdf 
Priority Development and Preservation Areas Map pdf format of metronorthmapsep2014.pdf 
Regional Priority Development Areas and Priority Preservation Areas Map pdf format of metronorthregionalprioritiessep2014.pdf
State Priority Areas Map and List pdf format of metronorthstatepriorityareasmapandlist.pdf

495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan

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.

Participants

Central Masaschusetts Regional Planning Commission
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
495/MetroWest Partnership
Mass Audubon
Municipalities: Acton, Ashland, Berlin, Bellingham, Bolton, Boxborough, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Grafton, Harvard, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Northborough, Plainville, Sherborn, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Upton, Wayland, Westborough, Westford, Worcester, and Wrentham  

The Plan and Maps

  • The 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan pdf format of 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan file size52MB
  • Local Priority Areas
    • Local Priority Areas: Maps pdf format of 495 Local Priority Areas file size4MB
    • Local Priority Areas: List of Sites pdf format of 495 Local Priority Tables  
  • Regional Priority Areas
    • Regional Priority Areas: Maps pdf format of 495 Regional Priority Areas file size4MB
    • Regional Priority Areas: List of Sites pdf format of 495 Regional Priority Tables
  • State Priority Areas