Upcoming Events

December 

18

The Hinsdale Brattleboro Bridge Project Advisory Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Hinsdale Police Station at 10 Main Street in Hinsdale, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

December 

19

The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council will meet at 9:00 a.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

January 

8

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
Other Items of Interest
The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, 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 Strategic Initiatives Events Calendar.
Discover more about Granite State Future.
To learn about Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire visit.
To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign visit
To learn about the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process visit

Highlights - April 2014

 SWRPC April 2014

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 20 - No. 4

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format.


NH Broadband Conference

Don’t miss your opportunity to register at the early-bird rate for the NH Broadband Conference, which is scheduled for Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Although early registration closes on Tuesday, May 6th, registration will remain open until the day of the conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a variety of stakeholders to discuss what is happening to expand broadband access, adoption, and use throughout New Hampshire. The conference is intended for municipal officials, legislators, community leaders, internet service providers, representatives from business, health/medical, education and public safety sectors; and NH residents. For more information, please visit http://www.iwantbroadbandnh.org/broadband-conference-2014 or contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.


“Rack It Up” Program Underway

With the help of a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association (MRTMA) launched a new community-based bicycle rack program during April in Keene. The “Rack It Up” Program is seeking business, nonprofit, school, and public agency partners interested in siting bicycle racks in Keene. The MRTMA pays for 50% of the cost of the bicycle rack and will use bulk purchasing to bring down the cost of the racks. The purpose of the project is to respond to various community planning issues that have become priorities in Keene including dealing with downtown parking, improving the physical health of its residents, minimizing particulate matter in our air, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, among many other benefits. Several institutions including a bank, church, housing agency, and grocery store have already responded to the Program. The program has the potential of being a model for other Southwest Region communities interested in promoting bicycling as a form of transportation. The MRTMA is a diverse coalition of public and private sector stakeholders interested in expanding transportation choices in the Monadnock Region, for which SWRPC provides staff support. For more information about this program, please visit www.monadnockTMA.org or contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Town of Winchester Awarded CDBG Funding

A Community Development Block Grant application submitted on behalf of the Town of Winchester was approved by the NH Community Development Finance Authority on April 17th. The Town will receive $500,000 to help finance the rehabilitation of 30 apartments at Wedgewood Duplexes, which will benefit low to moderate income households. Following rehabilitation, it will be known as Woodcrest Affordable Housing. The property is currently owned by the Monadnock Affordable Housing Commission (a subsidiary of Keene Housing Authority). The subrecipient of the CDBG is Woodcrest Housing Associates Limited Partnership, which is being created for the purpose of acquiring, rehabilitating, and operating this development and will be affiliated with Southwestern Community Services. The Town of Winchester is sponsoring the grant and SWRPC will be acting as grant writer and grant administrator. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.


Chesterfield Conservation Commission Recreation Map

Planning Commission staff have been working with the Chesterfield Conservation Commission, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Quabbin-to-Cardigan Partnership to develop a recreation map to be placed at the Town Office and at Chesterfield Gorge on NH Route 9. These maps will feature conservation land, recreation trails such as those in Pisgah State Park and the proposed Wantastiquet-Monadnock trail which currently runs from the Connecticut River in Hinsdale to the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve in Keene. Other features include parking locations, trail names, picnic table locations, the Ware’s Grove Beach, as well as boat launching areas in the town of Chesterfield. If your community is interested in developing recreation maps such as this or any other maps, please contact Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff.


2014 SWRPC Traffic Counting Season

Planning Commission staff began the 2014 traffic counting season during April. We will be collecting traffic volume, vehicle classification, directional travel, and speed information for over 140 locations throughout the Monadnock Region and share this data with the NH Department of Transportation. This process involves placing rubber tubing across the roads for a week at a time. Additionally, over the spring and summer months, staff will be collecting data on bicycle and pedestrian usage in downtown centers and on recreational trails. For more information regarding traffic data collection, please contact Steve Waleryszak


Visualizing Density in the Granite State

The NH Housing Finance Authority and Plan NH are seeking good examples of density, or compact design, from communities throughout the state. While the focus is on homes and living spaces, multi-use and other compact development examples are encouraged for consideration. Compact design can vary in different towns and settings. It is not limited to city or larger-town settings and can be successful, if planned right, in most areas. Outstanding examples will be showcased at an awards event on June 26th, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., at Red River Theaters in Concord. Submissions are due no later than Friday, June 6th. For more information, please visit: http://plannh.org/news-events/seeking-examples-of-density-in-nh.