SWRPC Meetings

September 27, 2021

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. Details are forthcoming.

For more information, please contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

September 28, 2021

The SWRPC Energy and Natural Resources Advisory Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Details are forthcoming.

For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.


Other Meetings

September 21, 2021

The Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation will meet at a 9:00 a.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street, Keene.

For more information please contact Terry Johnson of SWRPC staff.

Items of Interest

The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

For 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 please click here

To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign please click here.

To learn about the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process please click here

Cheshire Rail Trail South Planning Project


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.  The Cheshire Rail Trail South Planning Project aims to address challenges and opportunities along the trail from its intersection with the Ashuelot Rail Trail in Keene through Swanzey, Marlborough, Troy and Fitzwilliam to its end near the Massachusetts State line (study area map). The project will involve collecting data on existing trail use, conditions and amenities and conducting meetings among municipal and other stakeholders to both share information and consider maintenance, connectivity, safety, and coordinated improvement to the trail. The project will result in a common vision and 10-year plan for the trail to better inform volunteer groups, local government and regional and statewide transportation planning.

Final Plan

Cheshire Rail Trail South Plan with Appendices

Implementation Plan Interactive Map

Project Meetings & Results

The following items will be populated with links over the course of the project.

Project Working Group Meeting #1 

Agenda: Your vision, project scope, online survey, project promotion

December 1, 2020

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meeting Summary

Slide Deck

Videoconference Recording

Project Working Group Meeting #2 

Agenda: Results of existing conditions assessment, draft goals and objectives, implementation plan

February 24, 2021

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Summary

Slide Deck

Videoconference Recording

Project Working Group Meeting #3 

Agenda: Final draft of plan, project prioritization, promotion and implementation next steps

Meeting Packet

June 2, 2021

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Slide Deck 

Videoconference Recording 

Existing Conditions Assessment Technical Memos

  • Literature Review - Inventory of existing trail-related plans, policies, laws, or other documents.
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Count Reports - Overview of bicycle and pedestrian counting activities conducted to date and summary of collected data. 
    • East of School Street (Keene): 2018
    • South of Water Street (Keene): 2020
    • North of Mount Huggins Drive (Swanzey): 2017/18, 2020
    • North of Webb Depot Road (Marlborough): 2020
    • North of Marlborough Road (Troy): 2020
    • North of Rockwood Pond (Fitzwilliam): 2020

Public Outreach Technical Memos 

  • Online Survey - Analysis of results from the online resident survey. Available Spring.
  • Stakeholder Interviews - Summary of responses from municipal staff and officials focusing on information relative to plans for improvements, needs, promotion, land use issues, previous planning and more.

Trail Condition Assessment Pilot

  • Condition Assessment - During the project, SWRPC staff piloted a data collection tool for assessing the trail "at speed" - in this case when riding a bicycle.  The results show promise for a future assessment and should be verified in the field prior to being used in decisions about projects.
  • Photos and Google Street View Images - The resource consists of a gallery of photos taken during the trail condition assessment and other visits.