Regional Housing Plan | About This Project

Project Overview

In 2017, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC) was awarded funds from the Commonwealth Community Compact Cabinet and MassHousing programs to develop the first Regional Housing Plan for the Merrimack Valley. The goal for the plan is to develop a strategy for meeting the housing needs of today and tomorrow’s residents in the region. Using current data, populations projections, and state-of-the-art mapping, the Merrimack Valley will work collaboratively with each community in the region to understand their housing needs, set goals, and craft appropriate, tailored strategies that address their needs over the next five years. The final deliverable for this project will be a Regional Housing Plan, with chapters that serve as housing production plans for each of the 15 communities in the Merrimack Valley.

Developing the Plan

MVPC has developed a three-tiered process to develop the Merrimack Valley Regional Housing Plan: Public Engagement, Align with Existing Planning Efforts, and Information Gathering. Each of these steps will help to ensure that this plan is comprehensive, inclusive, and respectful of existing local, regional and state-wide planning efforts. To see the timeline for this project, please click on the graphic.MV HP Process

Project Stakeholders

This project will engage a diverse group of stakeholders from around the Merrimack Valley and Commonwealth, including:

  • MVPC Communities: Amesbury, Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newbury, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley, Salisbury, and West Newbury (project partners)
  • U.S. and State Elected Officials
  • Department of Housing and Comunity Development (funding agency)
  • MassHousing (funding agency)
  • coUrbanize (project partner)
  • Non-profits in the region/state
  • Community Development Corporations
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Developers
  • Housing advocates
  • Real Estate professionals

If you have suggestions for other stakeholders who should be involved in this project, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us with a name and email/phone number so we can engage them in this effort. Thank you in advance for helping us make this an all-inclusive project!

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

  • Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
    160 Main Street
    Haverhill, MA 01830
    p: 978.374.0519
    f: 978.372.4890
    e: info@mvpc.org

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