Regional Housing Plan | Get Involved

Join the Housing Conversation!

Over the next year, we will have numerous opportunities for people to participate in developing Merrimack Valley’s first Regional Housing Plan. In addition to in-person events in your community, and regional open houses, we have partnered with coUrbanize to launch a virtual engagement tool that you can access anytime, anywhere (including your PC, Mac, or mobile device) to provide ideas for this project. You can also contact us anytime by emailing Angela Vincent, AICP at or by calling 978-374-0519, x28. We look forward to working with you!

Participate In-Person

This project is planning several in-person events throughout the region in 2017, including 3 Regional Open Houses and numerous Community Workshops. The Regional Open House events are open to anyone interested in helping to assess housing needs and identify solutions. The dates, times and locations for the Regional Open House events will be posted here, in addition to the proceedings from each event.

Regional Open House Events

To facilitate a discussion on regional housing needs and strategies, MVPC has hosted two RegionaMV Reg Open House - Mayorl Open House to engage stakeholders in the Merrimack Valley. The last Merrimack Valley Regional Open House was Wednesday, September 27th at 6pm at the Barking Dog Ale House in downtown Haverhill. We had almost 100 people from around the people join us to hear about the Needs Assessment completed for the region, and discuss ways to address the housing needs we are hearing throughout the Merrimack Valley. We were honored to have Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners. We then provided a comprehensive overview of the housing needs identified for our region. Jennifer Goldson, AICP presented findings on who is living in the Merrimack Valley, where they are living and how much they are paying are paying for housing costs. Please take a look at the MV Housing Needs Presentation and MVPC’s Housing Presentation.

Our next, and final, Merrimack Valley Regional Open House will be in the Winter of 2018. The final date and location will be confirmed shortly. Stay tuned!

The first Merrimack Valley Regional Open House was held May 24th from 6-8pm at the El Hefni 20170524_193412Center in Lawrence. This event focused on the housing needs in the Merrimack Valley. We were pleased to have Clark Ziegler, Executive Director from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, as our keynote speaker. The evening included interactive booths, baseline information about Merrimack Valley’s demographics, and lively discussions with residents from around the region about the housing issues we are facing in the Valley. Click on the image for the Regional Open House Agenda. Click here for the summary of the Table Discussions.

Presentations from May 24th Regional Open House #1

Housing Supply in the Merrimack Valley, Clark Ziegler, MHP

Housing Needs in the Merrimack Valley & Discussion Points, MVPC

Community Workshops

Community workshops will be held in 13 of the cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley to assess local housing needs, set goals, and establish strategies for addressing housing issues over the next 5 years. The first round of workshops have been completed. The next round of workshops will be scheduled in October and November. The initial schedule for those workshops is ready! Check out the date for your next Community Housing Workshop. Presentations from each of the first workshops can be found below.

Community Housing Strategies Presentation

Lawrence Community Housing Strategies Workshop – October 11, 2017
Methuen Community Housing Strategies Workshop – October 17, 2017
Newbury Community Housing Strategies Workshop – October 18, 2017
Groveland Community Housing Strategies Workshop – November 6, 2017
West Newbury Community Housing Strategies Workshop – November 14, 2017
North Andover Community Housing Strategies Workshop – November 15, 2017
Haverhill Community Housing Strategies Workshop – November 20, 2017

Community Housing Needs Presentations

Andover Community Housing Needs Workshop – May 15, 2017
West Newbury Community Housing Needs Workshop – May 31, 2017
Lawrence Community Housing Needs Workshop – June 13, 2017
Newbury Community Housing Needs Workshop – June 21, 2017
North Andover Community Housing Needs Workshop – June 27, 2017
Salisbury Community Housing Needs Workshop – June 28, 2017
Groveland Community Housing Needs Workshop – June 29, 2017
Amesbury Community Housing Needs Workshop – July 10, 2017
Rowley Community Housing Needs Workshop – July 12, 2017
Haverhill Community Housing Needs Workshop – July 18, 2017
Boxford Community Housing Needs Workshop – August 2, 2017
Methuen Community Housing Needs Workshops – August 15, 2017
Newburyport Community Housing Workshop – September 28, 2017

Participate Online

MVPC has created several virtual opportunities for you to participate in the development of the Regional Housing Plan that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. We hope you consider sharing your ideas and staying up-to-date with MVPC via these tools. Feel free to share with friends, family and colleagues.


MVPC has partnered with coUrbanize to engage the entire Merrimack Valley in a virtual conversation Add Your Ideasabout how to meet the housing needs of the region’s residents today and tomorrow. We want to hear your ideas! Check out our coUrbanize project page by clicking on Add Your Ideas now.

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

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