SWRPC Meetings

April 

24

The SWRPC Natural Resources Advisory Committee (NRAC) will meet at 3:30 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

May 

7

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 2:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

May 

8

The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 3:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.
Other Meetings

April 17

The The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council for Community Transportation (MRCC) Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room 5 at the Monadnock Community Hospital at 452 Old Street Road in Peterborough, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

April 17

The Walpole Hazard Mitigation Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Walpole Fire Station at 278 Main Street, Walpole, NH to update the hazard mitigation plan. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

April 18

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

May 1

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Bicycle Friendly Community Subcommittee will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Keene Parks & Rec Center (Room 12), 312 Washington Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Henry Underwood 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.
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 2018

 SWRPC  March 2018

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 24 - No.3

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format

 

Community Transportation Forums Planned for April 17th and 18th

 

People living in your community without access to transportation, face barriers to their health, well-being and independence. Supporting transportation options to meet the needs of these individuals is a primary goal of the Monadnock Region Coordinating Council for Community Transportation (MRCC), a group that includes transportation providers, agencies requiring transportation services, funding agencies, area residents, and others. The MRCC will host two Community Transportation Forums during April to launch its Coordinated Community Transportation Plan. Municipal leaders, chambers of commerce, and local legislators are encouraged to attend. One event will be held in Peterborough on April 17th from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. at the Monadnock Community Hospital, 452 Old Street Road (Conference Center Room 5). A light breakfast will be provided. Another event will be held in Keene on April 18th from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at HCS, 312 Marlboro Street (Main Floor Conference Room). To register for either forum, visit http://monadnockrcc.eventbrite.com/. For more information, please contact Ellen Avery of the Community Volunteer Transportation Company at ellen@cvtc-nh.org or call 821-4081.

 

Accelerating Practical Solutions Complete Streets Workshop

 

On March 6th, GIS Specialist/Planner Henry Underwood attended a workshop at the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) hosted by the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. The Institute, a program of Smart Gowth America, aims to assist states in addressing issues that include economic development, housing, and transportation. NHDOT was one of several states able to participate in the Institute’s Accelerating Practical Solutions program. Objectives included understanding the benefits of complete streets, discussing opportunities to integrate complete streets in the current project development framework, and participating in discussions about how to trade-off between different modes of travel based on the context of a given project. The workshop was facilitated by Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America. For more information about complete streets or the workshop, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.

 

Brownfields Program Update

 

On March 20th, the SWRPC Brownfields Advisory Committee (BrAC) met and authorized program activities including a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) at the former Kingsbury Corporation property in Keene, legal assistance to the Town of Jaffrey regarding the former W. W. Cross property and a Phase I ESA and limited Hazardous Building Materials Inventory at the former McGoldrick Paper Company site in Hinsdale. This work is scheduled over the next several weeks and results will be reported to the BrAC. SWRPC has applied for an additional community-wide mixed hazardous assessment grant and expects announcements from EPA regarding the 2018 grant round in the coming months. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

State Freight Summit

 

On March 22nd, Principal Planner J. B. Mack attended the first of three planned Freight Summits being conducted by the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT). Mr. Mack attended as a representative of NHDOT’s freight advisory committee to listen to feedback as well as to pass along local freight concerns from Monadnock area stakeholders. The event, which was held in Claremont, featured a review of global, national and state freight trends, an overview on the Federal Highway Administration’s freight-related policy and programming, a presentation about the Port Authority in Portsmouth, and remarks about freight challenges in Claremont. NHDOT began work on New Hampshire's first statewide freight plan in spring 2016 and expects to complete the effort this fall. This ongoing process will include more opportunities for participation. For more information or to get involved, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff or visit https://nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/freight-plan/.

 

Community Development Block Grant Application Writing Workshop

 

On March 28th, 2018 Community Development Specialist, Rebeckah Bullock attended a Community Development Block Grant Application Writing Workshop hosted by the NH Community Development Finance Authority at the NH Audubon Center located in Concord, NH. The workshop covered eligible projects, federal requirements, scoring process, housing and public facilities applications, economic development applications, and the online Grants Management System through which all applications must be submitted. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

 

Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference

 

The Office of Strategic Initiatives (formerly NH Office of Energy and Planning) has announced the opening of registration for its 24th Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Seating capacity is limited, so register early in order to ensure your preferred choice of sessions. The agenda, registration form, and directions can be accessed at the OSI website: https://nh.gov/osi. For questions, please contact Danielle Craver at (603) 271-2155, or danielle.craver@osi.nh.gov.

 

NHDOT Accepting Public Comment on Process for Evaluating Historic and Cultural Resources

 

The NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the NH State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), has announced the first update to its Section 106 Programmatic Agreement regarding the Federal Aid Highway Program in NH. The Update, and associated information, may be found at: http://nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/environment/units/program-management/cultural.htm under the heading “Section 106 Programmatic Agreement - 2018 Update.” The NHDOT will be accepting public comment through the close of business on April 27, 2018. Please submit your written comments to Jill Edelmann, Cultural Resources Program Manager, Bureau of Environment, NH Department of Transportation, 7 Hazen Drive, PO Box 483, Concord, NH 03302-0483, or via email to Jillian.Edelmann@dot.nh.gov.