MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC)

About MWRC

The MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) serves the MetroWest region of Eastern Cochituate Aqueducts, Natick, Mass.Massachusetts, from I-95 to I-495 along the Route 9 corridor.

We facilitate inter-local collaborative planning and problem solving to enhance the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the MetroWest region.

MWRC serves as a think tank and advocate for locally initiated regional solutions to policy and planning challenges shared by MetroWest communities.

MWRC remains committed to addressing the issues that transcend our municipal borders by promoting inter-municipal cooperation and guiding regional growth and change. MWRC continues to focus on issues such as land use, transportation, municipal governance, mitigation of development impacts, and coordination of municipal services.



Recent Events

MetroWest Regional Spirit Awards - September 28, 2015

"Managing MS4 in MetroWest" - Municipal Stormwater Workshop

On Wednesday June 10, MWRC hosted a municipal stormwater workshop at the Framingham Public Library. The main presentation was given by MAPC Senior Environmental Planner Julie Conroy.

Historic Preservation Forum

On Monday March 30, MWRC & MAPC co-sponsored a Historic Preservation Forum at the Lexington Depot in Lexington, MA.

Speakers at the Forum included:   

Chris Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs, Massachusetts Historical Commission
Gretchen Schuler, Historic Preservation Planning Consultant
Maureen Meister, Winchester Planning Board
Marilyn Fenollosa, Lexington Historical Commission
Janet Giele, Wellesley Denton Road Neighborhood District Commission

For more information and copies of speakers' presenations, please visit the Historic Preservation Planning Forum webpage:

Falll Transportation Forum - Trails & Complete Streets

On Friday, December 5, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative hosted its Fall Transportation Forum at the Morse Institute Library in Natick. This year's topics were Multi Use Trails and Complete Streets.  The event included welcoming remarks from Executive Director Paul Dell'Aquila, as well as presentations on Regional Trails Planning and Complete Streets Planning by MAPC Staff. Over 40 local officials attended the forum, representing Planning Boards, Town Planners, Conservation and Trails Committees, Selectman, Administrators, Health Directors, and citizen volunteers from MetroWest communities.

Press Coverage of the event

Member Communities

MWRC represents the following nine municipalities: 

To learn more about the communities in the region


MetroWest Regional Collaborative

Each community has two representatives on the MetroWest Regional Collaborative; one member of the Board of Selectmen and one member of the Planning Board.

The MetroWest Regional Collaborative typically meets every other month.

Executive Board

The Executive Board meets monthly and is currently composed of the following members:

  • Jay Marsden (Chair), Holliston Selectman  
  • Preston Crow (Vice Chair), Ashland Planning Board
  • Ellen Gibbs (Clerk), Wellesley Selectman
  • Yolanda Greaves, Ashland Selectman
  • Lew Colten, Framingham Planning Board
  • Marc Draisen, MAPC Executive Director


Paul Dell'Aquila, Executive Director


15 Blandin Avenue, #107

Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 283-5078

MWRC Spirit Awards

The MetroWest Regional Collaborative’s MetroWest Spirit Awards are presented each year to honor outstanding regional contributions to the MetroWest community. See a listing of past distinguished winners here



  • MetroWest Regional Open Space Connectivity Plan 

Full Report

       Ashland Map

       Framingham Map

Holliston Map

Marlborough Map

Natick Map

Southborough Map

Wayland Map

Wellesley Map

Weston Map

MetroWest Regional Map

Useful Links and Resources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Legislature




Housing and Economic Development

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS)

Metro Boston Data Common

About our Logo

The configuration of hexagons in our logo abstractly represents the physical relationship of our nine member communities. Like bees in a hive and molecules in organic chemistry, the hexagons represent the towns working collaboratively to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Hexagons have also represented city forms in planning theory, most notable Christaller's Central Place Theory in 19th century Germany. The color green represents environmental sustainability, and the blue and gray hexagons represent the towns outside our subregion with whom we seek to collaborate to achieve common regional goals.