Upcoming Events
June 27 The Natural Resources Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.
July 19 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Steering Committee will meet from 4:30 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

 

Other Items of Interest
Letters of intent for Congestion Mitigation and  Air Quality grant funding due July 7th. Learn more by clicking here.
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 Energy and Planning 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 - November 2011

 SWRPC  November 2011

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 17 - No. 11

 

SWRPC’s Brownfields Program Featured at LGC Annual Conference

In cooperation with the Rockingham Planning Commission and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Commission staff conducted a workshop on November 16th entitled Brownfields Assessment: A Catalyst for Redevelopment as part of the NH Local Government Center’s 2011 Annual Conference. The workshop was designed for municipal elected officials and staff by providing information and examples of successful brownfields accomplishments including the development of new jobs, enhanced tax base, removal of leaky underground storage tanks, and protecting local rivers. For more information or to get a copy of the presentation, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

SWRPC Staff Completes 2011 CEDS Annual Report

SWRPC staff recently completed the 2011 CEDS Annual Report which is a basic function in the maintenance of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Southwest New Hampshire. The Annual Report is available for review at www.swrpc.org/files/data/ceds/2011_Annual%20CEDS%20Report_Final_website.pdf and documents progress made in moving towards the goals, projects and programs described in the CEDS. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

 

Updates to U.S. Census Data

SWRPC is one of nine U.S. Census data center affiliates designated by New Hampshire’s Office of Energy and Planning and works to provide relevant census data for the Southwest Region of the State. As the U.S. Census Bureau continues to release data from the 2010 Decennial census and American Community Survey programs, SWRPC has been analyzing the data and is beginning to publish new data sets through our GIS and Regional Data page at  www.swrpc.org/data. We encourage you to visit the page over the next few months and keep an eye out for new data as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you require assistance in finding or interpreting census data products, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

Guiding Change CD - A Resource to Southwest Region Communities

SWRPC has developed a new CD entitled Guiding Change: Planning Tools for Your Community which was released to the Region’s towns in May 2011. To-date, Commission staff has visited the towns of Greenfield, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Stoddard, Walpole, and Westmoreland to provide presentations on how the CD can be used as a valuable resource addressing a range of planning-related topics. The CD provides a concise source of descriptive background and information on planning concepts and principles commonly used by New Hampshire communities. In addition, the CD features descriptions of several programs offered by SWRPC which can assist towns in meeting their planning goals. Staff is available to schedule an appointment to meet with Planning Board members as well as Selectmen, Conservation Commissions, and Zoning Board members to further demonstrate its content. For more information on the CD or to schedule a meeting, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

 

Fall Commission Meeting

On November 15th, the Planning Commission held its Fall 2011 Commission Meeting at The Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy. During the meeting we reflected on the Planning Commission’s 40 years of service to the communities of Southwest New Hampshire. In addition, our guest speaker, Timothy Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission spoke about the future of regional planning. The event was well attended and we look forward to continued service for many years to come.

 

Federal Grant to Promote Enhanced Regional Planning in NH

SWRPC is among a consortium of organizations which put a convincing proposal together calling for enhanced regional planning in the State of New Hampshire. On November 21st, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission as lead applicant announced that NH’s regional planning commissions have been awarded a $3.37 million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Regional Planning Grant Program to work with communities to develop comprehensive regional plans in each of the State’s nine regional planning districts.  HUD’s Regional Planning Grant program encourages grantees to integrate housing, land-use, economic development, transportation, energy, and infrastructure development through regional planning efforts that empower regions to consider how these factors work together to create employment and economic opportunities.  The program will place a priority on partnerships, including the collaboration of arts and culture, health initiatives, philanthropy, and innovation into the regional planning process.

 

The three-year project will provide a platform to inform state partners including state agencies and non-governmental organizations of the priorities of local communities and educate local decision-makers of the efficiencies inherent in integrated planning and the limitations of outside resources.  The concept of creating a template by which all RPCs can both identify local issues and priorities while coordinating technical expertise and public outreach will be a unique statewide effort. The initiative represents the first of its kind in the State of NH and is expected to get underway in mid-2012. For more information, please contact Tim Murphy of Commission staff.