MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC)
About Our Logo
The configuration of hexagons abstractly represents the physical relationship of our nine (9) current MWRC Towns. Like bees in a hive and molecules in organic chemistry, the hexagons represent the idea that the Towns working collaboratively can create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
(Hexagons have also represented city forms in planning theory, ie. Christaller's Central Place Theory in 19th century Germany). The color green represents environmental sustainability. The blue-gray hexagons represents a desire to cooperate with Towns outside our subregion to achieve our greater goals.
Route 9 Smart Growth Meeting
Monday May 20, 7-9 p.m.
Morse Institute Public Library, Natick
Medical Marijuna Working Session
A Medical Marijuna Working Session was held on April 4 at the offices of the MetroWePt Health Foundation, and was co-sponsored my the MetroWest Regional Collaborative and MAPC.
The session was attended by about 30 local officials that listened to Cheryl Bartlett , the Deputy Comissioner at the Department of Public Health present a summary of the Draft Medical Marijuna By-Laws. Those attending consisted of Selectman, Planning Board Members, Planners, Health Directors, and Police Chiefs, among others. An imformative question and answer session followed, focusing on such issues as local regulatory powers, inspectional oversight, moratoriums etc..
- Medical Marijuna Draft Regulations FAQs
- Medical Marijuna Draft Regulations Information
- Press Release on Medical Marijuna Draft Regulations
Fall Policy Conference
The MWRC, along with MAPC, hosted its annual Fall Policy Conference in Decembe at the Natick Senior & Community Center. More than 90 local officials and community members heard Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen, and a panel of Metro West leaders discuss challenges associated with transportation issues in MetroWest and the need for additinal revenue sources to help maintain and improve the Commonwealth's aging transporation syatem.
Route 9 Smart Growth Meeting
A meeting was held on December 4, at the Callahan Center in Framingham, to discuss the future development of Route 9. Over 70 people attended the event and viewed a presentation by members of the MWRC and MAPC that examined the potential future development along Route 9 and how Smart Growth development techniques might be utilized.
The MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) serves the MetroWest region of Eastern 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.
MWRC represents the following nine municipalities:
To learn more about the communities in the region
- View a map of MAPC communities and subregions
- Find additional information about each community on MetroBoston Data Common Community Snapshots
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.
The Executive Board meets monthly and is currently composed of the following members:
- Josh Ostroff (Chair) Natick Selectman
- Doug Gillespie (Vice Chair), Weston Selectman
- Preston Crow (Clerk) Ashland Planning Board
- Dennis Giombetti (Past Member of Executive Board) Framingham Selectman
- Bill Boland (Member at Large) Southborough Selectman
- Jay Marsden (Member at Large) Holliston, Selectman
- Marc Draisen, MAPC Executive Director
Bruce Leish, Director
Paul G. Boushell, Municipal Services Coordinator
Ashland Town Hall101 Main StreetAshland, Mass. 01721(508) 881-2924
- CLURPA Summary (Comprehensive Land Use and Reform Act)
- MetroWest Regional Open Space Connectivity Plan
Useful Links and Resources