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Merrimack Valley – Feels Like Home

Nestled in the northeast corner of Massachusetts in Essex County, the Merrimack Valley is home to nearly 350,000 residents. The housing options range from urban, loft-style apartments to large, single-family homes in less developed areas. But are the options enough for existing and future populations? Does it provide the diversity, cost, location and amenities that residents want and need?

Over the next year, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission will collaborate with residents, communities, non-profits, colleges and universities, developers, real estate professionals, and other stakeholders to assess the needs of the Merrimack Valley residents today and how to meet the changing needs over the next five years. This year-long effort will result in the 2023 Merrimack Valley Regional Housing Plan, with individual chapters focused on housing opportunities and challenges in the 15 communities in the region.

We invite you to join the conversation in person at one of the many local or regional housing events throughout the Merrimack Valley, and virtually through an online engagement tool and Facebook and Twitter. We want to hear from you how to ensure that “Merrimack Valley Feels Like Home.”

The “Living in the Merrimack Valley” Slideshow

Where in the Merrimack Valley do you live? Do you live in a house in a historic neighborhood? An apartment in a Campaign phototown center or downtown? In a condominium along the river? In an old farm house?

No matter where it is, we want to see where you live! As part of the Merrimack Valley Regional Housing Plan project, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is creating a Living in the Merrimack Valley Slideshow. We invite you to send a photo of the members of your household in front of your home. We are collecting photos of as many types of households, families, housing units, and locations as possible to create a slideshow of the diversity in housing in the Merrimack Valley. This slideshow will be presented at our Regional Open House and be included on social media postings and our project website throughout the Fall.

Don’t miss this opportunity to show us where you live! Please send your photo to by August 11th to enter your picture. We look forward to your photos!

For more information about the Merrimack Valley Regional Housing Plan Project,
please contact: Angela Vincent, AICP at
or 978-374-0519, x28.

  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
    160 Main Street
    Haverhill, MA 01830
    p: 978.374.0519
    f: 978.372.4890

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