Upcoming Events
August 22 The SWRPC's Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
September 11 The Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J.B.Mack of SWRPC staff.
September 12 The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 3:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.
October 11 The Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Rebeckah Bullock of SWRPC staff.

 

Other Items of Interest
Letters of intent for Congestion Mitigation and  Air Quality grant funding due July 7th. Learn more by clicking here.
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 Energy and Planning 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

 

August 2012

Monadnock Region Future Wants to Hear From You!

The Planning Commission is conducting a 3-year project to develop a plan for the Region that will consider everything from where people live, work and play to how they get around to preserving our natural beauty while maintaining a vibrant economy. The first step of Monadnock Region Future is to find out what people really want for the future of their communities. Throughout the fall and winter, our staff will be attending fairs, festivals, community gatherings and other events to survey peoples’ opinions about what they like about their communities and what they would like to see change. The Commission will also be placing “listening boxes” in popular places around the Region, where people will be able to offer their views and opinions. Responses have already started coming in to the surveys, with people making comments such as “I really enjoy seeing a large number of small businesses thriving. I also really like seeing historic buildings being repurposed so they can survive, and I love seeing so many nature areas preserved…” To find out more information about the listening boxes or the events staff will be attending, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.

Brownfields Program Busy but Still Taking Applications

SWRPC’s brownfields environmental consultants will soon be wrapping up Phase II environmental site assessments at properties around the Region including a former leather tannery, a former circuit board manufacturer and two gas stations. Several old underground storage tanks will be removed as part of those assessment activities. Is there a known property in your community in which the expansion, redevelopment or reuse is affected by a potential old underground storage tank or other contamination risk? The SWRPC Brownfields Program continues to take nominations for any suspected brownfields and funding is available now for eligible properties suspected with petroleum-based contamination. No local match is required for this program and it is open to landowners and prospective buyers with documented support from member towns. Please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff for more information about the Brownfields Program and to learn about the site nomination process.

Parcel Digitization and Other Geographic Information Services

How does your town maintain, update and store its digital parcel or other GIS information? Consider SWRPC as a potential resource for these services. The Planning Commission has experienced staff with strong GIS skills, capacity on our server to process and store large amounts of data, and high quality color printers that can print a range of map sizes. Recent communities to utilize our services to update subdivision parcel lines, lot line changes and other updates include Marlborough, Chesterfield and New Ipswich. For free estimates on parcel map digitization services or other custom map services, please contact Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff.

Broadband Stakeholder Group Hosts Regional Broadband Forum

On September 27, 2012, the Planning Commission Broadband Stakeholder Group will be hosting a public forum on Broadband in Southwest New Hampshire. The Forum will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Dublin Public Library, and will be an opportunity for residents to share their thoughts on the current and future broadband needs of the Region and to identify potential barriers to meeting these needs. Information generated at this forum will help inform and guide the Planning Commission’s multiyear effort to develop a regional broadband plan. In addition to public discussion, Commission staff will provide an update on the work of the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHMBPP). NHBMPP is a multiyear statewide effort to help communities assess their broadband needs, develop plans for obtaining improved and affordable broadband access, and to realize the opportunities available with broadband. This forum is free and open to the public. Please contact Tara Germond or Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff if you are interested in attending or need more information.

Community Development Block Grant Activities

During August, SWRPC staff was active in providing communities with support in administering several Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects. The City of Keene Brookbend West and Cheshire County Brookbend East housing projects saw significant construction activities, including the demolition and rebuilding of 70 units of affordable housing off Meadow Road and Ivy Drive in Keene. Other ongoing projects include the New Ipswich Warwick Mills/High Bridge Foundation, Town of Greenville High Street emergency repairs, Town of Walpole Andrus Associates/Welcome Neighbor relocation, Town of Gilsum W.S. Badger expansion, and the Town of Nelson Apple Hill expansion. SWRPC staff attended the monitoring visit for the Town of Walpole Andrus Associates/Welcome Neighbor project, which created 9 new jobs. For questions about any of these projects or to determine how the CDBG program might benefit your community, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates

On August 24, 2012, Commission staff began working with the Town of Nelson to update their Hazard Mitigation Plan. Meetings are open to the public and have been scheduled to take place on September 25th and October 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Nelson Building on Old Stoddard Road. Plan updates have recently been completed for the Towns of Rindge and Stoddard and are available for review and comment at the respective town offices and the Planning Commission. In addition, the Town of Marlow is nearing completion of the update of their plan. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.