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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?

Between 2017 and early 2018, 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 through social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. We want to hear from you how to ensure that “Merrimack Valley Feels Like Home.”

MV Regional Open House Word Art - May 2017

For more information about the Merrimack Valley Regional Housing Plan Project, 
please contact: Angela Cleveland, 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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