SWRPC Meetings



The Southwest Region Planner's Roundtable will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street, Keene.  For more information please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.



The Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council For Community Transportation will meet at 8:45 a.m. in the North Conference Room of the Cheshire Medical Center,  580 Court Street, Keene.  For more information please contact Todd Horner of SWRPC staff.



The Ashuelot Rail Trail Advisory Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Whitcomb Hall, 17 Main Street, Swanzey.  For more information please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.



The Age-Focused Planning Work Group will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street, Keene.  For more information please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.



The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street, Keene.  For more information please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.


Other Meetings




The Housing in the Monadnock Region: Addressing Quality of Life and Workforce Needs presentation co-hosted by SWRPC and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce (GKCC) will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Alumni Center at Keene State College, 229 Main Street, Keene.  For more information or to register please call the GKCC at (603) 352-1303.



The Walpole Emergency Operations Planning Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at the Walpole Town Offices, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, NH.  For more information please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.


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.

Municipal Survey Report

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 2018

 SWRPC  February 2018

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 24 - No.2


Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format


2018 Winter Commission Meeting


There is still time to register for the Southwest Region Planning Commission’s Winter Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 12th at Scores Sports Bar & Grille located at 82 Main Street in Keene. The event will feature a Monadnock Region Energy Forum, which is being held in conjunction with NH Energy Week from March 12 - 16. Come hear about energy-related initiatives taking place in the Monadnock Region and beyond from local businesses, municipalities, and others. There is no charge to attend but advance registration is required by March 9th. For more information or to register, please contact Becky Baldwin of Commission staff.


Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study


On February 7th, New Hampshire’s Executive Council authorized a Federal Transit Administration grant for SWRPC to conduct a feasibility study for of an intermodal transportation center in the greater Keene area. The study will look at opportunities for connecting intercity bus, local bus service, motorists, walkers, and bicyclists. The study will also explore whether an intermodal transportation center can make positive impact on the local economy, and help improve the region’s connections with other destinations in New England. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Flood Resiliency & Community Action Workshops


On January 30th and February 6th, SWRPC staff participated in workshops aimed at proactively addressing infrastructure vulnerability to flooding that were held in Winchester, NH. The first workshop, hosted by Trout Unlimited, featured introductory material on basic stream functions, the results of a 2016 road/stream crossing inventory, and best practices used to evaluate sites and prioritize retrofits. The second workshop featured a more in-depth look at a recent restoration project in Southwest NH: Fall Brook in Swanzey, as well as presentations by a variety of partners available to communities considering flood resiliency and habitat restoration. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.


MRCC Support of Mobility Management Services


On February 20th the Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council on Community Transportation (MRCC) approved a contract with the Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) to provide mobility management services to the region during State fiscal year 2019. CVTC will manage trip requests from seniors and persons with disabilities as well as provide education and outreach about the need for additional support for community transportation. SWRPC, as part of its contract with the NH Department of Transportation, provides staff administrative and technical support to the MRCC. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Microenterprise Community Development Block Grant Training


On February 22nd SWRPC staff attended the Microenterprise Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Training session hosted by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority at their offices in Concord, NH. The training covered the following Microenterprise CDBG topics: program overview and objectives, program eligibility, guidelines for grantees and subrecipients, application process and deadlines, program administration, and best practices. For more information about the training or the CDBG program, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.


Hazard Mitigation Planning


SWRPC staff has begun working with Keene, New Ipswich and Walpole to update their hazard mitigation plans. Plan updates are required every five years to remain eligible for federal assistance and hazard mitigation funding in the event of a disaster declaration. Updates include staff conducting a series of meetings with local officials. Meetings are posted on SWRPC’s website www.swrpc.org under Other Meetings and are open to the public. SWRPC recently completed plan updates for the towns of Alstead, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hancock, Harrisville, Langdon, Roxbury, and Winchester. For additional information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.


Electrify America Seeking Feedback


Electrify America, LLC, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA), was founded in 2016 to lead and manage the $2 billion Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Commitment resulting from the settlement between VWGoA, the federal government, and the State of California. This effort is the largest of its kind and will be delivered over ten years through four, 30-month cycles of investment. Electrify America is currently looking for input from states, municipal governments, and others on possible investment opportunities. This request for proposals is not a call for grant requests, but rather solicits meaningful input from interested parties on the development of the Cycle 2 ZEV Investment Plans. Submission instructions and additional information can be found at www.electrifyamerica.com/submissions.