SWRPC Meetings

July 10

The SWRPC Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Todd Horner of SWRPC staff.


Other Meetings

July 16

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 Todd Horner of SWRPC staff.

July 16

The Hinsdale Brattleboro Existing Bridges Subcommittee will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Brattleboro Municipal Offices at 230 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

July 17

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Steering Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

Aug 23

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Complete Streets Subcommittee will meet at 10:00  a.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please 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 2017


 SWRPC January 2017

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 23 - No. 1


Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format


2017 Winter Commission Meeting


The Southwest Region Planning Commission Winter Commission Meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2017. The meeting will feature the film From Hurricane to Climate Change and a panel discussion. The announcement for the event can be found at this link www.swrpc.org/files/Inv0217.pdf. To register, please contact Becky Baldwin of Commission staff.


Ten Year Transportation Plan Update


The Planning Commission is requesting feedback from local officials to reaffirm their support for already programmed transportation projects and/or nominate new projects to be considered for inclusion in the State of New Hampshire's Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TYP). Regional priorities for transportation improvements are compiled by each of New Hampshire's nine regional planning commissions for consideration by the NH Department of Transportation (NH DOT), the Executive Council, the Governor, and the Legislature to create a Statewide TYP. The most recent adopted TYP can be reviewed at the following NH DOT webpage: www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/index.htm. During January, SWRPC mailed correspondence to all municipal select boards/city councils, planning boards, highway departments and police chiefs in the region for the purpose of soliciting feedback. The working list of TYP projects can be reviewed at www.swrpc.org/files/SWRPC_Projects_FY19-28TYP.pdf. Comments or project nominations from municipalities are due by Friday March 10, 2017. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff. of Commission staff.


MAST - Supporting Local Transportation Options


On January 18th, the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) held its 2017 Annual Meeting which included an update on efforts to promote sustainable transportation options. As a result, MAST is seeking volunteers to help implement projects identified in the MAST 2017 work plan. These projects include organizing a “Bike to Work” event, promoting the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Community” program, investigating the feasibility of establishing carsharing in the Monadnock Region, and an education campaign about the municipal optional $5 vehicle registration fee to generate revenue for implementing local transportation improvements. To learn more or to volunteer, please visit www.mastnh.org or contact Mari Brunner of Commission staff.


State Safety Target Coordination & Training Workshop


On January 11th SWRPC staff joined rural and urban regional planning agencies as well as other state and federal partners to discuss transportation safety issues. Beginning in 2018, the NH DOT as well as the NH Department of Safety must set a number of safety targets in coordination with the State’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other stakeholders. The goal of the initiative is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. For more information about safety performance measures, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.


Commercial Site Selection Tool


A new resource is available providing information on commercial and industrial properties and socioeconomic data. The NH Division of Economic Development has launched ChooseNH.com - a website developed in partnership with the New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors. In addition to real estate information, the website is also a source for data such as community profiles, demographics and business analysis. Representatives of municipalities with commercial real estate for sale or lease, as well as commercial property owners and commercial real estate agents will find this site of interest. There is no cost to list a property on ChooseNH.com. For additional information, please contact Raul Gonzalez of Commission staff.


2017-2018 Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program


Plan New Hampshire has announced the second round of the NH Municipal Technical Assistance Program. Its purpose is to support municipalities who wish to create or amend their zoning ordinances to encourage more housing choices to meet the changing and diverse needs of their citizens. Grants of $2,500 to $10,000 are available for developing new or revised regulations to improve choices in types and locations of places to live. Examples of projects that may qualify under this program include, but are not limited to: mixed-use zoning, infill development, Neighborhood Heritage Districts, and regulatory reviews (of zoning ordinance, site plan review and subdivision regulations). The grants will be awarded through a competitive application process, which will include a requirement to raise 25% of the award as a cash match. Applications must be submitted by April 5, 2017. Full information and the 2017 application instructions are available at: http://bit.ly/2MTAGP2017. An informational session for interested parties will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at New Hampshire Housing (east entrance), 32 Constitution Drive, Bedford. Attendance is not mandatory but strongly recommended. For more information or to register, please contact Robin LeBlanc of Plan New Hampshire at 603-452-7526 or r_leblanc@plannh.org. For more information or for assistance in applying, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.