Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning
The Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC) is one of MAPC’s eight subregions comprised of thirteen communities located southwest of Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood.
TRIC gets its name from the three major rivers in the sub-region: the Neponset, Charles, and Canoe River. The mission of TRIC is to support cooperative municipal planning that links the impacts of growth and development in each town to aggregate impacts felt throughout the region. TRIC meets monthly to review and discuss issues of inter-municipal significance. Participants at TRIC meetings can include Local Council Representatives, town planners, members of Boards of Selectmen and Planning Boards, Town Administrators, Chambers of Commerce, and interested citizen-planners. All meetings and events are open to the general public.
Contact the TRIC Subregional Coordinator, Christine Howe, at email@example.com | 617-933-0732
The Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC) is one of MAPC’s eight subregions comprised of 13 communities located southwest of Boston: Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Needham, Norwood, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, and Westwood.
Chair: Paige Duncan, AICP, Town of Foxborough
Vice Chair: Sue Price, Town of Sharon
Second-Vice Chair: Michael McCusker, Town of Westwood
TRIC meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce, 520 Providence Highway, Suite 4, Norwood.
Each fiscal year, the Council creates a work plan to guide discussions and meeting topics for the subregion. The fiscal year begins in June and ends in July. Check out the FY18 Work Plan here.
**Please Note: There will be no December TRIC Meeting**
Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, January 16th, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM
May 16, 2017: Complete Streets and Annual Work Plan
This meeting included a presentation by MassDOT on the Complete Streets program, developing the FY18 workplan, and nominating members to the Chair and Vice-Chair positions.
April 18, 2017: MAPC's Local Access Score Tool
This meeting focused on the development and use of MAPC's Data Services Department new Local Access Score tool, which aims to help communities determine the projected use of new sidewalks. n addition to hearing a presentation by Eliza Wallace from MAPC about the Local Access Score tool, the group also heard from a local nonprofit based in Sharon, The Law, Your Money, and You, about its efforts to encourage better relations between the police and public. Eliza's Local Access Score presentation and meeting agenda can be downloaded here.
March 29, 2017: Vision Zero
This meeting focused on Vision Zero, a multi-national road traffic safety project which aims to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic. In addition to hearing a presentation by Barry Keppard from MAPC about ongoing Vision Zero initiatives in Massachusetts, the group discussed traffic safety strategies TRIC communities could use to fight traffic fatalities and serious accidents. Copies of the Vision Zero presentation and meeting agenda can be downloaded here.
February 21, 2017: Arts & Cultural Planning
This meeting focused on Arts and Cultural planning, with a presentation by Jenn Erickson from MAPC. In addition to discussing what Arts and Cultural planning is and how it can benefit our communities, the group learned about MAPCs new Arts and Planning Toolkit, which presents a new framework for understanding the ways in which arts and culture can infuse innovation and creativity into our communities and showcases a range of arts and culture planning and policy tools and approaches. Additionally, the group recieved an update from the Town of Foxborough and the Neponset Valley TMA on the proposed Foxborough Commuter Rail Pilot program.
The toolkit can be found online at: artsandplanning.org. The meeting Agenda, Jenn's Arts & Culture Planning presentation, and information on the Foxborough Commuter Rail Pilot program can be found here.
Januray 17, 2017: Regional Collaboration & Regional Economic Development
In addition to catching up on planning and development activities in the region, this meeting included two presentations by MAPC staff on regional collaboration opportunities and regional economic development. First we heard from Mark Fine, MAPC's Director of Municipal Collaboration, about the regional collaboration work MAPC does on behalf of its communities. This work includes:
- Serving as grant recipient for Massachusetts' four homeland security regions, managing grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security;
- Operating a collective procurement program that contracts on behalf of its communities for public safety, fire, public works, highway, bicycle, and energy related equipment as well as public services; and
- Facilitating collaborative projects between multiple municipalities as well as municipal efficiency projects. This work includes creating regional coalitions, helping communities contract for or provide services to one another, conducting community services and facilities analyses, and working with communities to create strategic plans.
We also heard from Amanda Chisholm, Chief Economic Development Planner at MAPC, who discussed current economic indicators for the TRIC region and MAPC's regional economic development work. This work includes:
- Market analysis (commercial, office, residential)
- Comprehensive economic development strategy/planning
- Transportation oriented development (TOD) planning
- Corridor planning
- Zoning to encourance economic development (mixed use, TOD, 40R, etc.)
- Priority development site identification
- Master planning
A link to Amanda's presentation can be found here. Please let me know if you have any municipal collaboration or economic development project ideas you might like to discuss!
Get more information about the TRIC cities and towns by visiting their Community Snapshot pages, which are provided by the Metro Boston Data Common, and by visiting municipal websites below.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Massachusetts State Legislature
- Housing and Economic Development
- Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
- Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS)
- Metro Boston Data Common
- Form-Based Codes: An Introduction by Matt Lawler of Robinson + Cole: what they are, what the intended outcome of their use is, how does one apply them, and a lot more.
- Landline is a vision for a connected & signed network of walking and cycling greenways and trails that will connect the Boston region.
- TRIC comment letter to Boston Region MPO on FFY 2017 to FFY 2021 draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
- Creating a Master Plan: presentation by Ralph Wilmer, FAICP
Town of Dedham:
- MassDOT Plan & Profile for Pedestrian Mobility & Safety Improvements at Elm Street & Rustcraft Road
- Pedestrian Mobility & Safety Improvements at Elm Street & Rustcraft Road
- Current Perspectives on Municipal Interaction with Signs and Billboards, Feb 2016
- Boston MPO Guide Book, Fall 2015
- Boston MPO Cetrification Document Development Schedule, 01/12/16
- Community Transportation Technical Assistance (CTAA)
Town of Norwood:
- Washington St---Upland Road---Prospect St Intersection Improvement Project
- Norwood Westwood US Route 1, Conceptual Improvement Project
- Community Benefit District
- Parking Benefit District
- District Local Technical Assistance for 2016
- Massachusetts Community Compact
- The LandLine Vision: Our Plan for a Connected Greenway Network
- MassDOT Press Release: Acquisition of Framingham Secondary Rail Line