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

 

Highlights - February 2012

 SWRPC  February 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 2

 

Planning Commission’s Winter Meeting set for March 20, 2012

The Planning Commission’s 2012 Winter Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th at  Keene State College, Alumni Center in Keene, NH. Our featured speaker/instructor will be Nancy K. Johnson who serves as legislative consultant for the NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions. Ms. Johnson will provide an informational presentation focused on activities related to the NH Legislature’s 2012 Legislative Session. The program is designed to inform and educate municipal officials on current legislative initiatives related to planning, land use, environmental, infrastructure, and other pertinent issues. For additional information or to register, please contact Becky Baldwin of Commission staff.

 

Great River Food Co-operative Feasibility Study

On February 7, SWRPC staff attended the Great River Co-op’s first-year celebration at the Walpole Town Hall. This was a members-only event to which SWRPC staff was invited as honorary members to acknowledge our efforts on behalf of the Co-op in securing a USDA Rural Development grant to study the feasibility of a food co-op in the northwest portion of our Region.  Bonnie Hudspeth was the featured speaker and she described the role that co-ops play in sustaining a local food economy. Locally made treats were served, and Co-op members discussed the past year's accomplishments, looked at conceptual designs of the store building, talked about next steps, and related items. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

 

New Hampshire State Rail Plan Update

The New Hampshire State Rail Plan, originally drafted in 2001, is currently being updated by the State of New Hampshire. Upon its completion, the Rail Plan will include an inventory of existing strengths and weaknesses, along with a review of factors that affect the rail system, and will conclude with recommendations for potential improvement projects.   Although the Southwest Region is not known for a robust rail system, the Region does have rail that is active or suitable for active rail in Walpole, Bennington and Greenfield. In addition, the Region neighbors the New England Central Railroad adjacent to the Connecticut River (used by the Vermonter) and there is a good deal of state owned rail right-of-way throughout the Region. Anyone with an interest in the future of rail in New Hampshire is invited to follow the update of the State Rail Plan by attending any of the following upcoming meetings.

  • Thursday, March 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Berlin City Hall Auditorium, 168 Main St., Berlin, NH

  • Tuesday, March 13, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee RPC, 10 Water Street, Suite 225, Lebanon, NH

Information about the rail plan including presentations on findings are also available at the following website:

http://www.nh.gov/dot/org/aerorailtransit/railandtransit/rail-plan.htm. To submit comments or questions about the Rail Plan please e-mail: cmorris@morriscomm.net. For more information or to speak about rail issues, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

2012 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference

The 2012 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. This one day event includes presentations with concurrent sessions on a variety of topics including:  tropical storm Irene, wastewater & septic infrastructure, surface water, low impact development, watershed management, and floodplains. The registration fee of $45 includes conference materials and lunch. For additional information and to register, please visit the registration webpage at https://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2012-nh-water-watershed-conference/registration/ or contact June Hammond Rowan at the Center for the Environment, Plymouth State University, (603) 535-3179.

 

4th Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference

On Saturday, March 31, 2012 the NH Local Energy Working Group will host the fourth annual Local Energy Solutions conference at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, NH. The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., is an opportunity for local energy committee members, municipal and school staff/volunteers, energy-related contractors and interested citizens to discuss and learn about local energy projects, issues and solutions. The Conference will feature a hands-on tour of the Merrimack Valley High School’s biomass heating plant and the energy retrofits to the high school building. Vice President of the Truman National Security Project, Mike Breen, will be the keynote speaker. As an expert on America’s security challenges, he will discuss how addressing energy issues such as oil dependence and climate change can build stronger communities and improve national security. For more information on the conference, please visit: www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/les2012. Registration is required.

 

Data Collection Effort Requests Town Assistance Updating Conservation Land Data

SWRPC has been asked by NH GRANIT and the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to reach out to towns in the Region to request assistance in updating the State’s Conservation and Public Lands Geographic Information System data layer.  This statewide data layer describes parcels of two acres and larger that are mostly undeveloped and are protected from future development. This important dataset is used across New Hampshire by many organizations, agencies, and communities as an essential tool for land conservation and planning initiatives.  NH GRANIT’s online Data Mapper, located at http://mapper.granit.unh.edu, provides information about the most recent Conservation and Public land tracts already documented in your area.  To submit new conservation land data or for more information, please contact Marielle Livesay at marielle.livesey@tnc.org or by calling 224-5853, x26.