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 - October 2017

 SWRPC October 2017

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 23 - No. 10


Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format


2017 Fall Commission Meeting

The Southwest Region Planning Commission’s 2017 Fall Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Historical Society of Cheshire County located at 246 Main Street in Keene, NH. The topic will be Emergency Management and Preparedness with guest speaker Perry Plummer, Director of NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Come learn what communities could and should be doing to be prepared for emergency situations including severe winter storms, flooding and hurricanes. There is no charge to attend but advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Becky Baldwin at 357-0557.

Community Transportation Meetings

On October 24th, Contoocook Volunteer Transportation Company hosted the first of four community transportation forums planned for the Monadnock Region. Community Transportation is a term used for a family of transportation services including public and private sources that are available to respond to the mobility needs of its residents including but not limited to seniors, people with disabilities and persons with lower income. The purposes of the meetings are to ensure that town government and elected officials are better informed about community transportation needs in the region, and are aware of the Monadnock Region Coordinating Council for Community Transportation, a local group working to improve community transportation. The first community transportation meeting took place at the Peterborough Town Hall and additional meetings are in the planning stage. SWRPC staff presented information and data about at-risk populations in that part of the region including households without vehicles, seniors, youth, people with disabilities, veterans, and low income households. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

NH State Energy Strategy Public Input Session

On October 18th, the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives (NH OSI), formerly NH Office of Energy and Planning, held a public input session on the update of the State’s 10-Year Energy Strategy at the Dublin Town Hall. SWRPC staff attended the session as well as approximately 50 other people interested in sharing their views about strategies to be included in the Plan. Five other sessions have been held throughout the state including Lebanon, Berlin, Concord, Wolfboro, and Portsmouth. For additional information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

Green Infrastructure and Brownfield Boot Camp

On October 20th, SWRPC staff member J. B. Mack attended a training session sponsored by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Allenstown, NH. NJIT is funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and provides technical assistance to brownfield grantees such as SWRPC on various brownfields issues. The one-day training included presentations on the intersection between stormwater management techniques, green infrastructure and brownfields sites through expert lecturers from EPA, NH Department of Environmental Services and NJIT. Information was provided on bioretention, green roofs, swales and bioswales, stormwater bumpouts, stormwater tree trenches, porous paving, subsurface storage, and phytotechnology. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

Hazard Mitigation Planning

SWRPC was recently approved by the State of NH to assist the City of Keene and the towns of Nelson, New Ipswich, Stoddard, and Walpole with updating their Hazard Mitigation Plans. In addition, the Commission has recently completed similar plans for Alstead, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Hancock, Harrisville, Langdon, Roxbury, and Winchester. Since the initiation of the Hazard Mitigation Program in 2000, SWRPC has assisted 32 towns in the region and completed 73 hazard mitigation plans or updates. For additional information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

2020 Census - Local Update of Census Addresses

Have you ever wondered how the U.S. Census Bureau accurately counts the number of households and measures characteristics like employment, poverty, and educational attainment in your community? One important tool is the Local Update of Census Addresses operation (LUCA) which is essentially a list of residential addresses created prior to the decennial census. The registration phase of the project began in July and will end in December of 2017. If your community is interested in participating in the project, it is important to indicate your participation prior to this deadline. Questions regarding the registration materials should be directed to the New York Regional Census Center by phone 212-584-3430 or by email at new.york.geography@census.gov. To learn more about LUCA, please visit www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/luca.html or contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.

ReadyNH Website

With the winter storm season approaching, many residents are interested in preparing for winter storm events. The NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s (HSEM) ReadyNH website can help residents improve their preparedness for heavy weather events. The website includes information on how to prepare for such events, suggestions for emergency kits and family plans, and how to sign up for emergency alerts. It also contains resources that municipalities can use to help their residents become more prepared, such as templates for Public Service Announcements for television or radio. For more information, please visit the website at www.readynh.gov or contact NH HSEM staff at (603) 271-2231.