Upcoming Events
October 10 The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 3:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.
October 11 The SWRPC Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Rebeckah Bullock of SWRPC staff.
October 13 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Carsharing Subcommittee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH. For more information contact Mari Brunner of SWRPC staff.
October 18 The Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation will conduct a public hearing on the draft Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan for FY 2019-2028 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Town Offices at 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
October 18 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Steering Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.
October 19 The Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. at SWRPC's offices 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.

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Highlights May 2012

 SWRPC  May 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 5

 

Planning Commission's Annual Meeting set for June 19, 2012
There is still time to register to attend the Planning Commission's Annual Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Franklin Pierce University, Campus Center in Rindge, NH. Our featured speaker will be Jack Dugan, President of Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. The program includes a social beginning at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. For additional information or to register, please contact Becky Baldwin of Commission staff.
 
Hazard Mitigation Wake-Up Call
In light of the May 29th storm event that caused significant damage to roads and properties in several of the Region's communities, this is a good time to make sure that your community is well prepared for the next significant storm. Taking proactive measures can minimize the impact and prevent the loss of life and property. SWRPC has assisted in completing Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates in many towns of the Region and are in the process of updating others. The Action/Implementation Section within the Hazard Mitigation Plan contains a list of actions that have been identified as tasks that should be carried out to reduce the severity, loss, and inconvenience caused by flooding, wildfires, ice storms, and other natural and man-made disasters. A yearly review of this section should be done to maintain the items listed by the members of the Hazard Mitigation Committee. It is also recommended to take pictures of damage caused by an event such as culvert failure, to better prepare your community in competing for mitigation grant programs. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.
 
2012 Traffic Research Season
Beginning in May, the Planning Commission began traffic counts of 140 different locations in the Southwest Region on behalf of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. Data is collected to understand traffic growth, provide important data for road and bridge maintenance and projects, and to calculate vehicle miles traveled across the State. Final data will be on our website after it has been converted to average annual daily traffic at http://www.swrpc.org/trans/traffic_counts. Typically, we update count locations every three years to keep track of traffic volume trends. Scheduled counts this year will occur in Chesterfield, Dublin, Francestown, Gilsum, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Langdon, Marlborough, Marlow, Peterborough, Richmond, and Walpole. As time and budget allow, SWRPC can provide a small amount of additional counts for towns seeking traffic volume, speed or vehicle classification data that does not already exist. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.
 
Road-Stream Crossing Study
Due to the recent history of severe storm event damage to our transportation system in and around our Region, SWRPC has recently launched a pilot effort to assess the ability of road-stream crossings to withstand the impacts of increased or irregular flow conditions.  SWRPC is utilizing the New Hampshire Stream Crossing Protocol developed by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) to inventory the present conditions of culverts and bridges in the Town of Temple.  The data collected will be input into statewide database maintained by DES to analyze whether the culverts or bridges inventoried are compatible with stream/river processes at the particular site.  Additionally, SWRPC will develop a report containing the spatial locations, photos, and summary of conditions for each culvert and bridge location assessed. The Town will be able to use this information to assist with planning for hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements. For more information on this project, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.
 
Resource for Identifying Effects and Risks of Severe Storm Events to the Transportation System
According to the National Weather Service, up to eight inches of rain fell in some parts of Cheshire County in a 24 hour period starting the afternoon of May 29th. The result of the extreme rainfall was damage to and closure of several roads in the area including Routes 9, 12, 12A and several local roads. This is a good time to remind towns that New Hampshire participates in the multi-state 511 system which provides real time traveler information through your mobile device or your internet connection by visiting http://www.nh.gov/dot/511/.
 
NH Planners Association 2012 Conference
On May 10, 2012, Commission staff attended the NH Planners Association annual conference in Concord, NH. The theme of this year’s event was “The New New Hampshire: Forces of Change in Our Society and Environment.” Keynote speaker, Majora Carter, spoke about her grassroots efforts to transform the South Bronx’s waterfront, infrastructure and related jobs into “The Greenway.” The theme of her presentation was on ‘hometown’ security, a term she used to describe economic restoration through localized efforts that empower people and protect the environment. Other sessions attended by staff included workshops on effective communication, low impact development, green streets, permaculture, and resilient communities. For more information, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.
 
Grants Available for Stormwater and Nonpoint Source Projects
The NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) has announced a funding opportunity for communities seeking assistance for stormwater and nonpoint source projects under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). Funds are available as low-interest loans, but applicants may be eligible for principal forgiveness for a portion of the loan. Applicants must submit a Pre-application for the CWSRF 2012 Capitalization Grant Funds by 4:00 p.m. on July 20, 2012 to Dan Fenno at daniel.fenno@des.nh.gov. DES will be holding an informational meeting on June 15, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The meeting will include an overview of the program as well as specifics on eligibility requirements, ranking criteria, loan conditions and application procedures.  It will be held in the DES Auditorium located at 29 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Please register by June 8, 2012 by contacting Laura Weit-Marcum at 271-3307 or laura.weit-marcum@des.nh.gov. For more information, please contact Eric Williams at eric.williams@des.nh.gov or 271-2358.