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Three Rivers Interlocal Council (TRIC)

MAPC

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.

Questions?

Contact the TRIC Subregional Coordinator, Christine Howe, at chowe@mapc.org | 617-933-0732

Leadership

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

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meetings

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.

Upcoming Meetings:

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
9:00AM - 10:30AM

Click here to download a list of past meetings and documents.

2017

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!

Transit Inventory

The interactive map, created by Christine Madore, MAPC Land Use Staff, that takes a closer look at the types and providers of local transit available within the region. It's an incredibly useful tool to learn more about current transit system in the region and begin thinking about how it needs to grow in the future.

Read our Regional Housing Production Plan, learn about Regional Housing Services Offices, and other work MAPC does to help municipalities collaborate.

Neponset Valley Attractions

The Neponset Valley is rich in artistic and cultural resources, historical sites and wonderful small museums, and recreational opportunities for all ages.

Click here to browse an online database of local attractions put together by the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce

TRIC is a proud partner of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is representative of the wide variety of Chamber towns and business categories, from owners and managers of all sizes and types of businesses, to members of all the professions, our Directors execute the mission of the Chamber: to help Neponset Valley businesses flourish.

Neponset Valley TMA

The Neponset Valley Transportation Management Association (TMA) is the partnership between the businesses in Norwood, Westwood, Canton, Dedham and the towns themselves to work on the transportation issues in the area The goal of the Neponset Valley TMA is to reduce the number of cars on the road to alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality and it works closely with its members to achieve these goals by creating a community-consciousness regarding traffic, transportation and related matters.

USEFUL LINKS

Useful documents

Work Plans