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.

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.
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 - March 2017

 

 SWRPC  March 2017

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 23 - No.3

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format

 

Seeking Petroleum Contaminated Brownfields Sites

 

We need your help! You know your community and we’re asking you to help us identify potential petroleum contaminated Brownfields properties as candidates for the SWRPC Brownfields Assessment Program. Brownfields properties are those properties whose successful re-use or redevelopment is hindered by real or perceived contamination. Current, past or even historic motor vehicle fueling retailers or bulk petroleum (such as heating oil) distributors would be obvious petroleum brownfield candidates. Sometimes commercial properties whose proximity to a known or suspected petroleum contaminated site has been a hindrance to the successful sale, re-use, or redevelopment of that property. Often such properties have been listed as “for sale” for years, becoming underutilized and in visible decline. The intent of the Brownfields assessment program is to better understand and quantify the environmental issue(s) associated with a property and put that potential issues into real terms by removing unknowns for potential buyers/developers. Often this is the information that is needed to move sites forward and create a successful project that will benefit the community. For more information or to suggest a candidate property, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

Regional Energy Forum

 

On March 22, 2017, the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce (GKCC) and SWRPC co-sponsored a forum entitled The Energy Challenge in the Monadnock Region: What is it? What can we do? This event, part of the GKCC Regional Issues Series, featured an overview of energy issues and a panel discussion. Dr. Michael B. Mooiman, Associate Professor at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University, served as the keynote speaker and spoke on the growing energy demand in the U.S., New England and New Hampshire as well as the need to reduce energy consumption and invest in energy efficiency. The event concluded with a panel discussion focused on key energy issues and solutions. Panelists included Brian Boardman of Whelen Engineering; Kate Epsen of the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council; Rodney Bartlett, Peterborough Town Manager; and Katherine Peters, Energy Efficiency Consultant for Eversource. For more information, please contact Raul Gonzalez of Commission staff.

 

Complete Streets Featured at NHMA Workshop

 

SWRPC staff gave a presentation on Complete Streets at the NHMA “A Hard Road to Travel” workshop on March 31, 2017. Complete Streets is an approach to transportation planning that considers and balances the needs of all users of a roadway, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and people driving cars. The presentation included an overview of Complete Streets demonstration projects that have taken place in the Monadnock Region, including projects in Swanzey, Hinsdale, and Keene. For more information, please contact Mari Brunner of Commission staff.

 

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Grant Program

 

For the first time ever, the longstanding federal transportation program, Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ), will be open to communities statewide. The program was previously available only to communities in southeastern New Hampshire. The two-year $13 million program provides funding for transportation projects or programs that improve ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter air quality. Eligible projects include capital or operational transit investments, alternative fuel projects, projects that improve traffic flow, transportation focused bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and the installation of advanced truck stop electrification systems. The upcoming CMAQ round is expected to be announced in late spring or early summer. To discuss project ideas or gather more information about the program, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

The Local Crowd Monadnock Night at Monadnock Food Co-op

 

The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene will host The Local Crowd (TLC) Monadnock Night on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. TLC Monadnock is a locally based crowdfunding platform that launched on March 15, 2017 with two campaigns focused on sustainable agriculture in Keene: Archway Farm’s "Farm to Table on Wheels" project and Stonewall Farm’s "Barn Raising" project. During its first two weeks, TLC Monadnock raised $5,578 from 89 supporters for these two projects. Interested persons are invited to attend and learn more about TLC Monadnock. Representatives from both farms will offer free samples and answer questions about their campaigns. Both campaigns end on April 15, 2017. To learn more, please visit here or contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.