MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC)


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The MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) is the locally-run enhanced subegional organization of MAPC. It serves the MetroWest region of Greater Boston: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston.

MWRC focuses on issues of land use, transportation, municipal governance, mitigation of development impacts, and coordination of municipal services. It facilitates interlocal collaboration, planning, and problem solving, and advocates for locally-initiated regional solutions to policy and planning challenges in MetroWest.

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Coming Up

Full MWRC Board Meeting

Thursday, November 9, 2016
Holliston Town Hall (Selectmen's Meeting Room)
703 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746
Agenda and meeting materials



MWRC Meeting Schedule 2016-17

Schedule may change.

August – no meeting
September 15, 2016: Full Board Meeting
October 13, 2016: Executive Board Meeting
November 10, 2016: Full Board Meeting
December 15, 2016: Executive Board Meeting (as needed)
January 19, 2017: Full Board Meeting
February 16, 2017: Executive Board Meeting
March 16, 2017: Full Board
April 13, 2017: Executive Board
May 18, 2017: Full Board Meeting
June 15, 2017: Executive Board Meeting

Recent Events 

June 29, 2016: Full Board Meeting 

June 29, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Holliston Town Hall, Selectmen's Room
Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston MA 01746
Agenda and Packet

June 16, 2016: Executive Board Meeting 

June 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Holliston Town Hall, Selectmen's Room
Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston MA 01746
Agenda & Packet

June 10, 2016: Getting Governance Right(er) Forum

June 10, 2016, 7:45 - 10:00 a.m. (breakfast and registration at 7:45, program begins at 8:00)
Framingham Free Library - Wakelin Room
530 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482  

How do MetroWest municipalities get people to run for office or show up at Town Meeting? What are the pros and cons of having a charter? A room of MetroWest officials, administration, and staff gathered for a discussion about these matters and more. Many thanks to our distinguished panelists: 

  • Town Moderator Dennis Berry, Town of Wayland
  • Town Administrator Robert Halpin, Town of Framingham
  • Town Clerk Kathleen Nagle, Town of Wellesley
  • Mayor Arthur Vigeant, City of Marlborough 
See photos here (Facebook)
View full report (TBA)

May 19, 2016: MWRC Full Board Meeting

May 19, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA)
15 Blandin Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702 
Agenda and packet
Draft minutes

May 6, 2016: MWRC Legislative Breakfast

Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Ashland Public Library, 66 Front Street, Ashland, MA 01721 
MWRC Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Holliston Town Hall, 703 Washington Street, Holliston MA 01746
Full board invited
For events prior to 2016, please see our MWRC Events Archive


MetroWest Regional Collaborative Board

The MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) is the locally-run enhanced subegional organization of MAPC. It serves the MetroWest region of Greater Boston. MWRC's board is composed of two representatives - one member of the Board of Selectmen and one member of the Planning Board -from each MetroWest Regional Collaborative community.

MWRC Executive Board

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


Karen Adelman, MWRC Coordinator, MAPC Communications Strategist

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

60 Temple Street

Boston, MA 02111



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

Member Communities

MWRC represents the following nine municipalities: 

To learn more about the communities in the region

MWRC Documents


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.