|IN THIS SECTION:||ABOUT SRPEDD|
Data Center & GIS
We are a public agency created in 1968 under MassachusettsWe are governed by a comprised of local officials and delegates representing mayors, selectmen, planning boards and at-large members.
The Commission employs af planners, computer modelers, demographers and support staff. Federal Transportation grants provide about 75% of our budget, with the balance from state and local contracts and an assessment on member cities and towns.
Pleasefor a brief presentation introducing our agency and our work.
It is the mission of the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District to plan for the future of southeastern Massachusetts that includes expansion of economic opportunity, protection of natural and historic resources, and development of excellent physical and cultural amenities.
We plan for the future of our region by researching, providing technical assistance, preparing bylaws and ordinances, programming funds, and preparing plans in the following areas:
WHAT WE DO
Planning for the efficient movement of people and goods by air, sea, rail, road, bicycle and foot is the overall objective of SRPEDD's Transportation Department. We are funded primarily by the Federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation (EOT). SRPEDD is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Our responsibilities include programming federal highway and transit funds through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), preparation of the Regional Transportation Plan, and planning assistance to the two regional transit authorities (SRTA -- Southeast Regional Transit Authority, serving the Fall River/New Bedford area, and GATRA -- Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Authority). We also do traffic counts, computer modeling of the road network, pavement management, and traffic and parking studies.
Information drives planning, whether in mapped or tabular form. The SRPEDD Data Center undertakes research and compiles data on southeastern Massachusetts and our cities and towns. Our Data Center has historical data and future projections on our population, housing and employment, along with information about every imaginable subject - from water and tax rates to golf courses and hotels. The Southeastern Massachusetts Fact Book contains essential information about our region. Through our GIS section, we can display most data in mapped form, such as the number of people with median incomes over a certain level that live within 25 miles of a selected site.
The use of our land, development of our cities and protection of our environment are the primary concerns of SRPEDD's Comprehensive Planning section. Assistance to cities and towns on master plans, open space plans, zoning bylaws, subdivision regulations, resource management plans, housing studies and community development are major areas for SRPEDD work in the region. SRPEDD also offers a Municipal Assistance Program for our member cities and towns.
Planning for our economic future involves infrastructure investment, securing access to capital for growing businesses, workforce training and education, recovery of contaminated development sites, providing incentives for business expansion and promotion of indigenous industries such as cranberries and fishing.
SRPEDD does all of these things as part of our economic development activities. With financial assistance from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), we bring together these diverse areas into a comprehensive economic development and planning process. SRPEDD is a designated Economic Development District by the U.S. Department of Commerce.