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 - September 2017

 SWRPC September 2017

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 23 - No. 9

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format

 

Spofford Lake Watershed Survey

On September 9, 2017, the Planning Commission coordinated a watershed survey event to kick-off the Spofford Lake Watershed Management Plan project. The event included a shoreline survey led by FB Environmental Associates with assistance from representatives of NH DES using watercraft to identify potential areas of concern for erosion and sources of pollutants entering the lake; a land survey led by engineers from Horsley Witten Group to identify erosion; and a door-to-door water quality survey led by SWRPC. Assisting to help make the event a success were 18 Chesterfield residents, including members of Town boards and commissions as well as members of the Spofford Lake Association. The results will be analyzed and incorporated into the watershed management planning effort. For additional information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

 

Public Informational Meetings on Hinsdale-Brattleboro Bridge Project

SWRPC staff joined the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Windham Regional Commission, and members of the Hinsdale-Brattleboro Bridge Project Advisory Committee to host two public informational meetings about a project to build a new bridge connecting Hinsdale, NH and Brattleboro, VT over the Connecticut River. Meetings held on September 13th and 14th in Hinsdale and Brattleboro respectively, included NHDOT-led presentations about the project followed by question and answer periods. The Hinsdale- Brattleboro Bridge project has been considered a top priority transportation project by SWRPC for many years. The $47 million project is scheduled to go out to bid in 2019 with construction to begin in 2020. More information about the project is available at https://www.nh.gov/dot/projects/hinsdalebrattleboro12210/index.htm. Those interested in seeing the Brattleboro, VT public informational meeting can view the meeting at http://www.brattleborotv.org/connecticut-river-bridge-public-info-mtg-91417. For more information about the project, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.

 

Winchester Adopts Complete Streets Policy

The Winchester Board of Selectmen voted to adopt a complete streets policy on September 27, 2017, making Winchester the seventh community in the Region to do so. This policy encourages the Town to consider the needs of all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists of all ages and abilities, when working within the public right-of-way. The policy also encourages the Town to work with partners such as the NH Department of Transportation to develop facilities and accommodations that further complete streets concepts. The Town also adopted customized complete streets planning and design guidelines that provide recommended complete streets treatments for Winchester. For additional information, please contact Mari Brunner of Commission staff.

 

Safe Routes to School Funds Available

A limited pool of Safe Routes to School funding remains available through the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) for new non-infrastructure awards. These funds will be available for communities that can organize programs scheduled for completion by the fall of 2018. NHDOT will continue to accept applications and make awards on a first-come, first-served basis until December 1, 2017. Application forms and additional information can be found on the NHDOT Safe Routes to School webpage at www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/srts. Applications should be filed with the Regional Planning Commission serving the applicant’s community and with the NHDOT. Potential sponsors should contact John Corrigan, the NHDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator, for an orientation and required pre-application workshop at John.Corrigan@dot.nh.gov.

 

Agricultural Policy Workshop

On September 28th the Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC) hosted an Agriculture Policy Workshop at Stonewall Farms in Keene. The event included guest speaker Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food along with a panel discussion that provided information about how to start a local agricultural commission and state and local initiatives to maintain and increase agriculture in the Region. Lisa Murphy participated in the panel discussion by providing an overview of regional development trends over the past two decades and information on strategies to protect prime agricultural soils and sensitive lands. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.

 

Emergency Operations Plan Updates

During September, SWRPC staff completed updates of the Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) for the towns of Winchester and Peterborough. Staff worked with each Town’s EOP Committee on the five-year updates of their plans. SWRPC staff has completed the latest EOP training recommended by NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NH HSEM) and has also participated in a NH HSEM training session covering EOP creation and update processes. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.

 

GIS Mapping Projects

Updates to a number of community Master Plans are just one example of the many projects offered through the Commission’s Geographic Information Systems Local Assistance Program. Projects recently completed or underway include a stratified drift aquifer and zoning overlay map for the Town of Swanzey, a zoning map for the Town of Harrisville, revised tax maps for the Town of Chesterfield, and a draft natural resources inventory for the Town of Greenfield. Whether the goal is to communicate a proposed policy, collect and publish data on town assets, or conduct a detailed analysis, SWRPC is available to work with you. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.