SWRPC Meetings

June 4

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.

June 12

The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Keene State College.  For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff. 

June 12

The SWRPC 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Keene State College. For more information click here


Other Meetings

May 21

The Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council Executive Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

May 22

The Hinsdale-Brattleboro Existing Bridges Subcommittee will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Hinsdale Police Station located at 10 Main Street in Hinsdale, NH. For more information contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.


Items of Interest

The 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference will be held on Thursday, May 17th. For additional information, visit the American Groundwater Trust website.

The New Hampshire Planners Association 2018 Spring Conference will be held on Thursday, May 31st and Friday, June 1st. For additional information, visit the 2018 Spring Conference website.

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 - 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.