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.

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Highlights - December 2012

 SWRPC  December 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 12

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format.

 
Monadnock Region Future

The Planning Commission has been continuing its work on Monadnock Region Future, a 3-year project to develop a comprehensive plan for the future of the Southwest Region. A Regional Leadership Team, composed of individuals representing a variety of sectors as well as members from the SWRPC Board of Directors, has been formed to provide guidance to staff throughout the planning process and to assist with outreach and engagement activities. The Leadership Team met on December 18, 2012 to discuss the current and proposed outreach efforts of staff on this project. Throughout the fall, staff attended a number of community events and placed listening boxes in public locations across the Region to learn what individuals like best about the area and what could be better. The feedback received by staff is available at www.granitestatefuture.org. In early 2013, staff plans to hold a series of neighborhood conversations to learn more about individuals values and vision for the future of the Region. Staff is also preparing to conduct more targeted outreach with regional schools and community organizations in the coming weeks. For more information about this project, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.

 
Lake Warren Project Receives Funding

The Planning Commission recently received notification that a grant proposal prepared by SWRPC staff was selected to receive funding for a Nutrient Loading Study for Lake Warren located in the Town of Alstead. The funding is administered by the NH Department of Environmental Services through the 604(b) Program of the Clean Water Act. The program provides funding every two years for proposals which support local projects to benefit resources under the NH Lakes and Rivers Management and Protection program in support of local watershed planning efforts. Work on this project is expected to begin in spring of 2013 and extend through December 2014. The project will involve several methods for determining sources of contaminants, and will produce reports to address methods of restoring and protecting the water quality of the lake. SWRPC staff participated in the recently completed Lake Warren Management Plan, which was also funded under this program. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

 
Town of Swanzey Conducts Planning Charrette

The Town of Swanzey was recently selected as a recipient of a community design charrette from Plan New Hampshire, a non-profit organization consisting of professionals such as planners, architects, engineers, attorneys and financial representatives who volunteer time to help communities to encourage good planning and design. Each year, four communities in New Hampshire are chosen to receive community charrettes. The Swanzey charrette focused on the village of West Swanzey. The team made recommendations to enhance the economic vibrancy and honor the historic community center. The event was held on November 9th and 10th. Please contact Tara Germond or Lisa Murphy of Commission staff for additional information.

 
Let’s Talk Transportation! Event, January 22nd

Please come and join Planning Commission staff, the SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee and NHDOT on January 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, located at 246 Main Street in Keene, for an open public discussion about NH DOT’s goals, policies and strategies for investing public dollars towards transportation improvements in our Region and State. NHDOT will be presenting its “Balanced Scorecard” initiative, which is an effort to effectively report the agency’s performance, link performance to strategic management, and, most importantly, communicate this information to taxpayers, elected officials and transportation stakeholders. This public forum is designed inform attendees and will also include an opportunity to discuss our transportation priorities and management of the transportation system. For more information about this event, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 
Community Development Block Grant Application Writing Workshop

On December 4, 2012 Planning Commission staff attended the Community Development Block Grant Application Writing Workshop hosted by the NH Community Development Finance Authority at the PSNH Energy Park in Manchester. The workshop covered eligible projects, federal requirements, scoring process, housing and public facilities applications, economic development applications, and the online Grants Management System through which all applications must be submitted. For more information about the workshop, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

 
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Mapping Services

The Planning Commission has recently worked on a variety of mapping projects for member towns such as hazard mitigation, land use, and parcel/tax map updates. SWRPC possesses a large database of spatial and non-spatial data that can be used in producing quality and timely map products to aid in the planning process. This database includes natural features such as elevation data, lakes and ponds, as well as wetlands. Additionally, the Planning Commission has access to cultural information such as the built environment comprised of critical facility locations, infrastructure, and economic development centers. High resolution imagery is also available to be used as a base for overlaying additional map layers. This allows the viewer of the map to better orient themselves with an aerial depiction of their town. The Planning Commission can provide spatial analysis on any of these data such as determining the proximity of aquifers to a proposed building site in a particular area. To find out more information about having SWRPC produce maps for your town or if you have any related questions, please contact Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff.

 
Commission Open House

On December 18, 2012 Planning Commission staff hosted a Holiday Open House at our new office located at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. The event was well attended by local officials, friends of the Planning Commission and the general public. If you were unable to attend, please feel free to stop in at your convenience to see our new office space.