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To learn about Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire visit: www.swrpc.org/regionalplan.
To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign visit: www.swrpc.org/airquality.


Commission Highlights Newsletter - January 2017
2017 Winter Commission Meeting
Ten Year Transportation Plan Update
MAST - Supporting Local Transportation Options
State Safety Target Coordination & Training Workshop
Commercial Site Selection Tool
2017-2018 Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program
Current Issue
Highlights Archive


Upcoming Events
Feb 24 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Carsharing Subcommittee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the Zorn Dining Commons at the Keene State College Campus in Keene, NH. For more information contact Mari Brunner of SWRPC staff.
Feb 28 The Southwest Region Planning Commission, Keene Housing, and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce will host "Housing in the Monadnock Region" (How Demographic and Employment Trends Influence Need) as part of their Regional Issues Series Forum at the Keene State College Alumni Center (Centennial Hall) from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Announcement).
Feb 28 The Southwest Region Planning Commission Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 p.m.For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.
Feb 28

The Southwest Region Planning Commission Winter Commission Meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m. at Papagallos Restaurant at 9 Monadnock Highway in Swanzey, NH (Announcement). For more information contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff. 

March 6 The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee  will meet at 2:00 p.m. at Southwest Region Planning Commission at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
March 13 The Hinsdale, NH- Brattleboro, VT Connecticut River Bridge Project Advisory Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Select Board Meeting Room at 230 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT. For more information contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.


Other Items of Interest
Save the Date! The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference will be held on April 29, 2017 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. For more information, click here.
The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

On April 27, 2016, SWRPC hosted an information session with guest speaker Ben Frost on SB 146 - Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and US Supreme Court Decision - Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ. To view the handouts from that session, please click here. To view the presentation on SB 146, please click here. To view the presentation on Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ, please click here.  

Invasive Plants of the Monadnock Region brochure from the Peterborough Conservation Commission and Open Space Committee. 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.
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Welcome to the Southwest Region Planning Commission Homepage.  SWRPC is one of nine regional planning commissions in New Hampshire established under RSA 36.  Our region covers a 34-town area in Cheshire, western Hillsborough, and Sullivan Counties.


Our Mission:
"To work in partnership with the communities of the Southwest Region to promote sound decision-making for the conservation and effective management of natural, cultural and economic resources."


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The Commission employs a staff of nine full-time professionals who possess a diverse range of planning related background and experience.  Please have a look around our web site and feel free to contact us for additional information and to discuss how we can assist you.



Monadnock Region Future: A Plan for Southwest New Hampshire
Monadnock Region Future provides information and guidance to anyone with an interest in planning for the future of Southwest New Hampshire.  The Monadnock Region Future, which serves as the Regional Plan, maps out a vision for the future based on an understanding of the Region's assets and opportunities as well as ongoing initiatives and current challenges.  It encourages the reader to think broadly about the Region and the factors affecting its success, and presents strategies that can enhance current efforts as well as promote new and emerging opportunities.  To view the Monadnock Region Future Executive Summary, please click here.

Southwest Connects: Southwest Region Transportation Plan
Southwest Connects presents policy and technical information relevant to local, regional, and state activity for the planning and management of the transportation system.  The Plan includes the Regional Transportation Improvement Program, a list of planned capital improvement projects and planning initiatives impacting our region.  Next, the Transportation Context and Concepts section introduces basic operation and maintenance concepts.  Finally, the Southwest Region Corridor Systems section provides summary data and information for all eight corridors in the Southwest Region.

Southwest New Hampshire Housing Plan
The Southwest New Hampshire Housing Plan presents 1) a brief discussion of housing as a community development issue, including an overview of housing-related information at the national, state, regional and municipal levels, 2) an array of data and statistics relevant to housing and prevailing socioeconomic conditions in the Southwest Region, and 3) a Fair Housing Equity Assessment (FHEA), which includes assessments of: segregated areas and areas of increasing diversity; racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty; access to existing areas of high opportunity; major public investments (physical infrastructure); and fair housing issues, services, and activities (fair housing infrastructure).

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the result of a continuing local planning process designed to guide the economic growth of the Region. The CEDS provides a report on the Region’s economic development situation (geography, population, labor force, resources, and environment), identifies regional economic and community development problems and opportunities, and establishes an Action Plan of suggested projects that address specific goals and objectives.

Natural Resources Plan
To assist the planning process and facilitate dialogue among communities and others around natural resource protection and management, the Natural Resources Plan provides an overview of the significant conditions and trends, issues and challenges and opportunities facing the Region’s diverse natural resources, and the infrastructure we rely on to safely access and utilize these resources. It highlights strategies for communities, organizations, and others to consider in addressing natural resource, water infrastructure, energy, and climate challenges at the regional and local level.

Broadband Plan
The Southwest Region Planning Commission, advised by a group of representatives from a variety of sectors and communities in Southwest New Hampshire, developed the Southwest New Hampshire Broadband Plan to better understand current levels of broadband service, identify challenges and barriers to improved broadband access, and to plan for increased broadband availability and utilization. This Plan addresses the linkages between various sectors in the Region and their growing reliance on broadband connectivity. It recognizes broadband as critical infrastructure and suggests approaches for addressing the future of broadband in the Region.