All members of the New England Association of Regional Councils (NEARC), the twelve Massachusetts regional planning agencies are public organizations that encompass a multi-jurisdictional regional community. They are founded on, sustained by and directly tied to local and/or state government laws, agreements or other actions. A regional council serves the local governments and citizens in the region by dealing with issues and needs that cross city, town, county and even state boundaries through communication, planning, policymaking, coordination, advocacy and technical assistance. A regional council seeks to build partnerships and programs that reflect the regional community.
Through its regional council, the regional community can pool its resources to meet challenges involving solid waste, water and wastewater systems, housing, crime, transportation, workforce training, services for elderly, economic development and other issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries. Massachusetts regional planning agencies include the following:
NANTUCKET PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
1 East Chestnut Street
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554