What's New At SWRPC?

Employment Opportunity

NEW - Informational web-page dedicated to the socio-economic impacts of Vermont Yankee Closure

To learn about Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire visit:

To learn about the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company Northeast Energy Direct Project

To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign visit:
To learn about the Southwest New Hampshire Broadband Plan visit:

Commission Highlights Newsletter - September 2015
2015 Fall Commission Meeting
NH Wildlife Action Plan
Keene Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan Hearing
Complete Streets Demonstration in Keene
Greater Monadnock Community Health Improvement Plan
Report on Freight Transportation in Southwest New Hampshire
Regional Complete Streets Workshop
Highlights Current Issue
Highlights Archive


Upcoming Events
Oct 14 The Southwest Region Planning Commission Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH.
Oct 14 The Southwest Region Planning Commission Natural Resources Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH.
Oct 20 The Southwest Region Planning Commission Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. at The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH.
Oct 20 The Southwest Region Planning Commission Fall Meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH. Advance registration is required.  To view an invitation, please click here. For additional information or to register, please contact Becky Baldwin.
Oct 21 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation will meet at 4:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH.
Nov 2 The Southwest Region Planning Commission Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH.
Nov 17 The Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation will meet at 1:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH.


Additional Items of Interest

Invasive Plants of the Monadnock Region brochure from the Peterborough Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee. Please click here.

The NH Broadband Mapping and Planning Program needs your help! Take the Broadband Access Survey and Speed Test to help identify homes and businesses that are un-served and underserved for high speed internet. Info

For additional NH planning events, see the NH Office of Energy and Planning Events Calendar.
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Welcome to the Southwest Region Planning Commission Homepage.  SWRPC is one of nine regional planning commissions in New Hampshire established under RSA 36.  Our region covers a 34-town area in Cheshire, western Hillsborough, and Sullivan Counties.


Our Mission:
"To work in partnership with the communities of the Southwest Region to promote sound decision-making for the conservation and effective management of natural, cultural and economic resources."


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The Commission employs a staff of eight full-time professionals who possess a diverse range of planning related background and experience.  Please have a look around our web site and feel free to contact us for additional information and to discuss how we can assist you.



Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire
Monadnock Region Future provides information and guidance to anyone with an interest in planning for the future of Southwest New Hampshire.  The Monadnock Region Future, which serves as the Regional Plan, maps out a vision for the future based on an understanding of the Region's assets and opportunities as well as ongoing initiatives and current challenges.  It encourages the reader to think broadly about the Region and the factors affecting its success, and presents strategies that can enhance current efforts as well as promote new and emerging opportunities.  To view the Monadnock Region Future Executive Summary, please click here.

Southwest Connects: Southwest Region Transportation Plan
Southwest Connects presents policy and technical information relevant to local, regional, and state activity for the planning and management of the transportation system.  The Plan includes the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, a list of planned capital improvement projects and planning initiatives impacting our region.  Next, the Transportation Context and Concepts section introduces basic operation and maintenance concepts.  Finally, the Southwest Region Corridor Systems section provides summary data and information for all eight corridors in the Southwest Region.

Southwest New Hampshire Housing Plan
The Southwest New Hampshire Housing Plan presents 1) a brief discussion of housing as a community development issue, including an overview of housing-related information at the national, state, regional and municipal levels, 2) an array of data and statistics relevant to housing and prevailing socioeconomic conditions in the Southwest Region, and 3) a Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), which includes assessments of: segregated areas and areas of increasing diversity; racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty; access to existing areas of high opportunity; major public investments (physical infrastructure); and fair housing issues, services, and activities (fair housing infrastructure).

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the result of a continuing local planning process designed to guide the economic growth of the Region. The CEDS provides a report on the Region’s economic development situation (geography, population, labor force, resources, and environment), identifies regional economic and community development problems and opportunities, and establishes an Action Plan of suggested projects that address specific goals and objectives.

Natural Resources Plan
To assist the planning process and facilitate dialogue among communities and others around natural resource protection and management, the Natural Resources Plan provides an overview of the significant conditions and trends, issues and challenges and opportunities facing the Region’s diverse natural resources, and the infrastructure we rely on to safely access and utilize these resources. It highlights strategies for communities, organizations, and others to consider in addressing natural resource, water infrastructure, energy, and climate challenges at the regional and local level.

Broadband Plan
The Southwest Region Planning Commission, advised by a group of representatives from a variety of sectors and communities in Southwest New Hampshire, developed the Southwest New Hampshire Broadband Plan to better understand current levels of broadband service, identify challenges and barriers to improved broadband access, and to plan for increased broadband availability and utilization. This Plan addresses the linkages between various sectors in the Region and their growing reliance on broadband connectivity. It recognizes broadband as critical infrastructure and suggests approaches for addressing the future of broadband in the Region.