Definitions

3C

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Average Daily Traffic

American Farmland Trust

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

American International College

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Approval Not Required

American Planning Association

Aquifer Protection District

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

Automatic Traffic Recorder

Average Vehicle Ridership

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

Business Improvement District

Bicycle Level of Service

Best Management Practice

Bridge Management System

Board of Appeals (or Adjustment)

Board of Health

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Commercial Area Revitalization District

Community Action Statement

Central Business District

Cape Cod Commission

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

Community Development

Community Development Action Grant

Community Development Block Grant

Centers for Disease Control

Community Development Corporation

Community Development Fund

Community Development Plan

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Community Enterprise Economic Development

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

Community Housing Development Organizations

Capital Improvement Inventory System

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Management Process

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

Compressed Natural Gas

Carbon Monoxide

Council of Governments

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

Community Preservation Act

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Community Service Block Grant

Combined Sewer Overflow

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Employment and Training

Department of Housing and Community Development

Direct Local Technical Assistance

Department of Energy Resources

Department of Revenue

Department of Transportation

Department of Public Works

Developments of Regional Impact

Executive Order

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

Economic Development Administration

Economic Development Council

Economic Development District

Economic Development Data and Information System

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

Environmental Impact Report

Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Justice

Environmental Notification Form

Economic Opportunity Area

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Site Assessment

Economic Target Area

Federal Aid

Functional Classification (of roadways)

Federal Housing Administration

Federal Highway Administration - An agency of the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical support to each state for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.

Federal Highway Administration

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Federal Transit Administration

Greenhouse Gas

Geographic Information System - A system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth.

Geographic Information System

Global Positioning System

Housing Appeal Committee

HAPHousing

Holyoke Community College

Housing Development Support Program

Housing Innovation Fund

Home Modification for Individuals with Disabilities Loan

Highway Overlay District

Historic Overlay District

Homeownership Opportunities Program

High Occupancy Vehicle

Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Production Plan

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Invitation for Bid

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Job Access and Reverse Commute

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Trail

Joint Transportation Committee

Local Board(s) of Health

Limited English Proficiency

Local Housing Authority

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Level of Service

Local Option Transportation Tax

Local Pavement Management System

Light Rail Vehicle

Local Technical Assistance

Massachusetts General Laws

Hazardous waste cleanup regulations

Uniform procurement law for local governments

Zoning

Planning/comprehensive permits

Smart growth zoning and housing production

Smart growth school cost reimbursement

Subdivision control

Expedited permitting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Massachusetts Geographic Information System

Minority Business Enterprises

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency 

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Massachusetts Geographic Information Council

Massachusetts Historical Commission 

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency

Municipal Incentive Grant

Massachusetts Municipal Association

Memorandum of Agreement

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Memorandum of Understanding

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Metropolitan Statistical Area

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Martha's Vineyard Commission

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

National Association of Regional Councils

New England Association of Regional Councils

Non-Federal Aid

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended)

National Highway System

Neighborhood Housing Services program

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Nitrogen Oxide

Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Transportation Safety Board

Old Colony Planning Council

Overall Condition Index (Pavement)

Open Space and Recreation Plan

Pavement Condition Index

Priority Development Fund

Purchase of Development Rights

Peak Hour Traffic (or Trips)

Payment in Lieu of Taxes

[Metropolitan] Planning Funds

Pavement Management System 

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area

Pavement Management Users Group

Planner on a Disc

Public Participation Process

Planned Unit Residential Development

Pioneer Valley Regional Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

Rental Development Action Loan

Regional Employment Board

Regional Education and Business Alliance

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Request For Proposal

Request for Qualifications

Request for Response

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Roadway Inventory Files

Revolving Loan Fund

Regional Planning Agency

Regional Pavement Management System

Regional Transit Authority

Regional Technology Corporation

Regional Transportation Plan

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

Small Business Administration

Supplier Diversity Office 

State Implementation Plan (for air quality)

Single Occupancy Vehicle

Special Permit

Special Permit Planning

Site Plan Review

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

Single Room Occupancy

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

Springfield Technical Community College

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Surface Transportation Program

Targeted Brownfields Assessment

Transportation and Community System Preservation [Pilot Program]

Transportation Demand Management

Transfer of Development Rights

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century

Tax Increment Financing

Transportation Improvement Program

The Literacy Project

Turning Movement Count

Traditional Neighborhood District

Transit Oriented Design (or Development)

Transportation Research Board

Trip Reduction Ordinance

Transportation Systems Management

Urban Growth Boundary

Urban Land Institute

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

Unified Planning Work Program

Urban Revitalization Development Grant

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Public Land Survey

Underground Storage Tanks

Vehicle Miles Traveled

Volatile Organic Compound

Vehicle Occupancy Rate

Ware Adult Learning Center

Weatherization Assistance Program

Women-owned Business Enterprises

Wellhead Protection Area

Western New England University

Water Quality Management Plan

Westfield River Watershed Association

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

Water Supply Protection [District]

Westfield State University

Zoning Board of Adjustment (or Appeals)

AADT

Average Annual Daily Traffic

AASHTO
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
ACHP

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

ADT

Average Daily Traffic

AFT

American Farmland Trust

AFV

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

AHRI

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

AIC

American International College

AMPO

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

ANR

Approval Not Required

APA

American Planning Association

APD

Aquifer Protection District

AQI

Air Quality Index

AQI

Air Quality Index

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

ATR

Automatic Traffic Recorder

AVR

Average Vehicle Ridership

BAPAC

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

BID

Business Improvement District

BLOS

Bicycle Level of Service

BMP

Best Management Practice

BMS

Bridge Management System

BOA

Board of Appeals (or Adjustment)

BOH

Board of Health

BRPC

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

BTS

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

CAAA

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

CARD

Commercial Area Revitalization District

CAS

Community Action Statement

CBD

Central Business District

CCC

Cape Cod Commission

CCGS

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

CD

Community Development

CDAG

Community Development Action Grant

CDBG

Community Development Block Grant

CDC

Centers for Disease Control

CDC

Community Development Corporation

CDF

Community Development Fund

CDP

Community Development Plan

CEDAC

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

CEDAC

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

CEDS

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

CEED

Community Enterprise Economic Development

CHAPA

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

CHDOs

Community Housing Development Organizations

CIIS

Capital Improvement Inventory System

CIP

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

CMAQ

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

CMP

Congestion Management Process

CMRPC

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

CMSA

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

CNG

Compressed Natural Gas

CO

Carbon Monoxide

COG

Council of Governments

Comm-PASS

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

CPA

Community Preservation Act

CPTC

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

CRCOG

Capitol Region Council of Governments

CSBG

Community Service Block Grant

CSO

Combined Sewer Overflow

DCR

Department of Conservation and Recreation

DEP

Department of Environmental Protection

DET

Division of Employment and Training

DHCD

Department of Housing and Community Development

DLTA

Direct Local Technical Assistance

DOER

Department of Energy Resources

DOR

Department of Revenue

DOT

Department of Transportation

DPW

Department of Public Works

DRI

Developments of Regional Impact

E.O.

Executive Order

E.O. 418

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

EACC

Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

EDA

Economic Development Administration

EDC

Economic Development Council

EDD

Economic Development District

EDDI

Economic Development Data and Information System

EDIC

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

EIR

Environmental Impact Report

EIS

Environmental Impact Statement

EJ

Environmental Justice

ENF

Environmental Notification Form

EOA

Economic Opportunity Area

EOAF

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

EOEA

Executive Office of Economic Affairs

EOEA

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

EOEEA

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

EOLWD

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency

ESA

Environmental Site Assessment

ETA

Economic Target Area

FA

Federal Aid

FC

Functional Classification (of roadways)

FHA

Federal Housing Administration

FHWA

Federal Highway Administration - An agency of the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical support to each state for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.

FHWA

Federal Highway Administration

FRCOG

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

FTA

Federal Transit Administration

GHG

Greenhouse Gas

GIS

Geographic Information System - A system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth.

GIS

Geographic Information System

GPS

Global Positioning System

HAC

Housing Appeal Committee

HAP

HAPHousing

HCC

Holyoke Community College

HDSP

Housing Development Support Program

HIF

Housing Innovation Fund

HMDL

Home Modification for Individuals with Disabilities Loan

HOD

Highway Overlay District

HOD

Historic Overlay District

HOP

Homeownership Opportunities Program

HOV

High Occupancy Vehicle

HPG

Housing Preservation Grant

HPP

Housing Production Plan

HUD

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

IFB

Invitation for Bid

ISTEA

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991

ITS

Intelligent Transportation Systems

JARC

Job Access and Reverse Commute

JLSB

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

JLT

Jacob's Ladder Trail

JTC

Joint Transportation Committee

LBOH

Local Board(s) of Health

LEP

Limited English Proficiency

LHA

Local Housing Authority

LIHEAP

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHTC

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

LOS

Level of Service

LOTT

Local Option Transportation Tax

LPMS

Local Pavement Management System

LRV

Light Rail Vehicle

LTA

Local Technical Assistance

M.G.L.

Massachusetts General Laws

M.G.L. Chapter 21E

Hazardous waste cleanup regulations

M.G.L. Chapter 30B

Uniform procurement law for local governments

M.G.L. Chapter 40A

Zoning

M.G.L. Chapter 40B

Planning/comprehensive permits

M.G.L. Chapter 40R

Smart growth zoning and housing production

M.G.L. Chapter 40S

Smart growth school cost reimbursement

M.G.L. Chapter 41, Sections 81K-81GG

Subdivision control

M.G.L. Chapter 43D

Expedited permitting

MAP 21

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

MAPC

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

MARPA

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies

MassDOT

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

MassGIS

Massachusetts Geographic Information System

MBE

Minority Business Enterprises

MDFA

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency 

MEPA

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

MGIC

Massachusetts Geographic Information Council

MHC

Massachusetts Historical Commission 

MHP

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

MIFA

Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency

MIG

Municipal Incentive Grant

MMA

Massachusetts Municipal Association

MOA

Memorandum of Agreement

MOBD

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

MOD

Massachusetts Office on Disability

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

MPO

Metropolitan Planning Organization

MPO

Metropolitan Planning Organization

MRPC

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

MSA

Metropolitan Statistical Area

MUTCD

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices

MVC

Martha's Vineyard Commission

MVPC

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

MWRA

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

NARC

National Association of Regional Councils

NEARC

New England Association of Regional Councils

NFA

Non-Federal Aid

NHPA

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended)

NHS

National Highway System

NHS

Neighborhood Housing Services program

NHTSA

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NMCOG

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

NOx

Nitrogen Oxide

NP&EDC

Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission

NPDES

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 

NTHP

National Trust for Historic Preservation

NTSB

National Transportation Safety Board

OCPC

Old Colony Planning Council

OCPI

Overall Condition Index (Pavement)

OSRP

Open Space and Recreation Plan

PCI

Pavement Condition Index

PDF

Priority Development Fund

PDR

Purchase of Development Rights

PHT

Peak Hour Traffic (or Trips)

PILOT

Payment in Lieu of Taxes

PL

[Metropolitan] Planning Funds

PMS

Pavement Management System 

PMSA

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area

PMUG

Pavement Management Users Group

POAD

Planner on a Disc

PPP

Public Participation Process

PURD

Planned Unit Residential Development

PVRBCRLF

Pioneer Valley Regional Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

PVTA

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

QVCDC

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

RDAL

Rental Development Action Loan

REB

Regional Employment Board

REBA

Regional Education and Business Alliance

REMI

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

RFP

Request For Proposal

RFQ

Request for Qualifications

RFR

Request for Response

RGGI

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

RIF

Roadway Inventory Files

RLF

Revolving Loan Fund

RPA

Regional Planning Agency

RPMS

Regional Pavement Management System

RTA

Regional Transit Authority

RTC

Regional Technology Corporation

RTP

Regional Transportation Plan

SAFETEA-LU

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

SBA

Small Business Administration

SDO

Supplier Diversity Office 

SIP

State Implementation Plan (for air quality)

SOV

Single Occupancy Vehicle

SP

Special Permit

SPP

Special Permit Planning

SPR

Site Plan Review

SPR

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

SRO

Single Room Occupancy

SRPEDD

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

STCC

Springfield Technical Community College

STIP

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

STP

Surface Transportation Program

TBA

Targeted Brownfields Assessment

TCSP

Transportation and Community System Preservation [Pilot Program]

TDM

Transportation Demand Management

TDR

Transfer of Development Rights

TEA-21

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century

TIF

Tax Increment Financing

TIP

Transportation Improvement Program

TLP

The Literacy Project

TMA

Turning Movement Count

TND

Traditional Neighborhood District

TOD

Transit Oriented Design (or Development)

TRB

Transportation Research Board

TRO

Trip Reduction Ordinance

TSM

Transportation Systems Management

UGB

Urban Growth Boundary

ULI

Urban Land Institute

UMass

University of Massachusetts

UMDI

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

UPWP

Unified Planning Work Program

URDG

Urban Revitalization Development Grant

USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDI

U.S. Department of the Interior

USFS

U.S. Forest Service

USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

USGS

U.S. Geological Survey

USPLS

U.S. Public Land Survey

UST

Underground Storage Tanks

VMT

Vehicle Miles Traveled

VOC

Volatile Organic Compound

VOR

Vehicle Occupancy Rate

WALC

Ware Adult Learning Center

WAP

Weatherization Assistance Program

WBE

Women-owned Business Enterprises

WHPA

Wellhead Protection Area

WNEU

Western New England University

WQMP

Water Quality Management Plan

WRWA

Westfield River Watershed Association

WRWSAC

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

WSP

Water Supply Protection [District]

WSU

Westfield State University

ZBA

Zoning Board of Adjustment (or Appeals)