SWRPC Meetings

Apr. 29

The SWRPC Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Other Meetings

Apr. 16

The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council on Community Transportation (MRCC) Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Apr. 17

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Steering Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

Items of Interest

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

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail: A Pilot Project

Overview

Rail trails have long been recognized as a way to improve local and regional opportunities related to transportation, recreation, economic development, and public health. A variety of individuals and groups take on maintenance of rail trails, and they are enjoyed routinely by residents and visitors alike. Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) sees value in developing a plan which addresses the future of our region's rail trails.

 

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail is a planning effort aimed to address challenges and opportunities along the approximately 21.5-mile stretch of trail between Hinsdale and Keene, New Hampshire. The project will involve collecting data on existing trail use, conditions and amenities and conducting meetings among municipalities and other stakeholders to both share information and consider maintenance, connectivity, safety, and coordinated improvement to the trail. We hope that the project will result in a common vision for Ashuelot Rail Trail to better inform volunteer groups, local government and regional and statewide transportation planning.

Meetings and Outreach

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #1 (May 3, 2018)

Agenda

Minutes

Slide Deck (with notes)

Map Posters: Keene, Swanzey, Winchester, Hinsdale

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #2 (September 13, 2018)

Agenda

Minutes

Slide Deck

Draft Aerial Imagery Base Map 

Open House (November 17, 2018)

News Release

Flyer

Visioning Board

Precedents Slideshow

Historical Maps Presentation Board

Ashuelot Branch Railroad Valuation Sheets

 

Maps

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail Locator Map (SWRPC)

Rail Trails in New Hampshire (New Hampshire Department of Transportation)

Other Resources

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail: A Pilot Project Handout (February 2018)

New Hampshire State Trails Plan (New Hamphsire Department of Transportation)

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension "Downtowns & Trails" webpage

Videos

"Ashuelot Rail Trail Bike Ride Series #2 - Keene State College to Pine Street in Swanzey" (Greg Pregent)

"Ashuelot Rail Trail Bike Ride Series #9 - West Swanzey to Winchester NH Depot" (Greg Pregent)

"Ashuelot Rail Trail Bike Ride Series #5 - Winchester NH to the Hinsdale NH Depot" (Greg Pregent)

"Rail Trails of America" (Timothy Lawrence)

Contact Information

For additional information, contact:

 

Henry Underwood, GIS Specialist/Planner

Southwest Region Planning Commission

37 Ashuelot Street

Keene, NH 03431

603-357-0557

hunderwood@swrpc.org