SRPEDD plans for the future of southeastern Massachusetts, including the expansion of economic opportunity, the protection of natural and historic resources and the development of excellent physical and cultural amenities. We plan for our region by researching, providing technical assistance, preparing bylaws and ordinances, programming funds and preparing plans in the following areas:
Comprehensive Planning and Housing: Planning for the future land use of the region including zoning, master plans, predisaster mitigation, promotion of affordable housing choices and transit oriented development areas.
Economic Development: Long range planning and provision of technical assistance in the development of job creating projects in the region.
Environment: Preserving the region’s natural beauty and important resources including farmland preservation, open space planning, stormwater runoff mitigation (with our GRRIP program) and planning for climate change.
Gaming: Review and evaluation of proposals for casinos and slot parlors in Southeastern Massachusetts and work with host and surrounding communities on mitigation issues.
Homeland Security: Administrative and fiduciary support to the Southeast Regional Advisory Council for Homeland Security comprised of public safety and emergency management representatives.
Municipal Partnerships: Assistance to cities and towns to deliver services on a regional or more streamlined basis.
South Coast Rail: SRPEDD provided technical and administrative support for this project, which is sponsored by MassDOT.
Technical Assistance: Support to cities and towns in a variety of subject areas including intersection analysis, zoning changes, master planning or natural resource assessment.
Transportation: The region is the state-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in accordance with federal transportation law. SRPEDD is the lead agency in cooperation with MassDOT for planning and programming for highways, transit, freight, bicycle and pedestrians. SRPEDD also provides technical assistance to two Regional Transit Agencies, GATRA and SRTA.