SWRPC Meetings

Mar. 5

The Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. at the SWRPC Offices at 37 Ashuelot Street  in Keene. For more information, please contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Mar. 7

Planning Transportation for All Ages at Cheshire Medical Center, Auditorium A & B, 580 Court Street in Keene. The public is invited to discuss the transportation needs of people of all ages in the Monadnock Region. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.


Other Meetings

Mar. 19

The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council (MRCC) will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information,please contact J.B. Mack for SWRPC staff. 

Apr. 17

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Steering Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.


Items of Interest

The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adpoted 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 - January 2013

 SWRPC  January 2013

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 19 - No. 1


Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format.

Reminder - Community Planning Grand Deadline Nearing

It’s not too late to submit an application for Round 2 of the New Hampshire Community Planning Grant (CPG) Program. The program provides competitive matching grants for cities and towns to create local land use regulations that will promote and enhance environmental, economic, and social conditions. Grant proposals can include, but are not limited to: groundwater protection, stormwater management, conservation subdivisions, wetlands protection, infill development, and workforce housing solutions, mixed-use zoning, and development of neighborhood heritage districts. Successful municipalities must execute an agreement with New Hampshire Housing and may contract with SWRPC to assist in completing the work. The final application deadline is February 12, 2013. Application information is posted on the NH Citizen Planner website at: http://extension.unh.edu/cp/updates.html. To discuss potential projects for your community, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

Transportation Directory Available

The Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation (MRCC) has released a directory of community transportation services available in Southwest New Hampshire. This directory, which can be downloaded electronically at http://monadnockrcc.weebly.com/need-a-ride.html, contains a comprehensive, town-by-town listing of the Region’s transportation services, including public transit, volunteer driver, private-for-hire, human service agency, wheelchair and senior assistance transportation. SWRPC created this guide with the assistance of the MRCC as a resource for human service providers, municipalities, employers, doctor offices and individuals seeking information about transportation in the Monadnock Region. With generous support from C&S Wholesale Grocers and Cheshire Medical Center, the MRCC is able to make this resource more available in the Region. Both organizations donated services and materials to print 290 copies of the directory. The MRCC is distributing copies to health facilities, human service organizations, and other community institutions that work and share information with the public. If your municipality or organization is interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.

Fluvial Erosion Hazard Study

The Commission is participating in a partnership with NH Department of Environmental Services and NH Homeland Security and Emergency Services in a project called the Fluvial Erosion Hazard study. Fluvial erosion is the natural process of the wearing away of soil, vegetation, sediment, and rock from a river channel bed and banks by the action of water. The project will assess portions of the Piscataquog and Souhegan Rivers to better understand which areas may be at greatest risk. Staff will meet with town officials within the study area to provide information to assist in raising awareness in their communities. For additional information about this project, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

"Let’s Talk Transportation" Forum

On January 22nd, the SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee hosted its “Let’s Talk Transportation” event at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene. Approximately 35 people attended the NH Department of Transportation (DOT) presentation on its “Balanced Scorecard” initiative to measure and track the agency’s performance and the condition of the transportation system. DOT compared its state effort with the performance measure requirements of the 2012 federal transportation law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21). Attendees participated in a real time polling exercise ranking DOT on its performance as well as the transportation needs in the State. The event was one of several being held around the state and the public feedback will be used as a tool for DOT to influence future planning, project development, maintenance, and operations. For more information about this event or the Balanced Scorecard initiative, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

Air Quality Outreach Program

SWRPC and other stakeholders have made progress with the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign. Posters and brochures have been developed and a dedicated web page is under construction to host information and updates regarding the project. Presentations are being planned and educational materials are being distributed throughout the Region. If you know of a group that would be interested in scheduling a presentation or receiving educational materials, please contact Jamison Cook of Commission staff. Remember to burn the right wood, in the right stove, the right way.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application

During January, Planning Commission staff assisted the Town of Alstead with the submission of a CDBG application. The proposed project involves much needed infrastructure improvements to the Well Hill Cooperative. Announcements of awards for this round of CDBG funding are expected in April of this year. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

Piscataquog River Watershed Impervious Surface Coverage Map Project

SWRPC staff has been involved in an effort to map the impervious surfaces within the Piscataquog River watershed. Impervious surfaces are defined as areas of land that cannot be penetrated by water, such as roads, buildings, rooftops, compacted earth, and paved parking lots. These surfaces can cause road salt, pesticides, and other pollutants to flow into storm drains during storm events and eventually run into local waterways. The Piscataquog River watershed includes the Monadnock Region towns of Greenfield and Francestown. The Impervious Surface Coverage Maps were presented to the planning boards in those towns for their review. The purpose of this project is to provide communities with a better understanding of impervious surfaces in the area and help them make informed decisions for the future of their communities. For more information on this project, please contact Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff.