SWRPC Meetings

July 10

The SWRPC Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Todd Horner of SWRPC staff.


Other Meetings

July 16

The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council (MRCC) will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Todd Horner of SWRPC staff.

July 16

The Hinsdale Brattleboro Existing Bridges Subcommittee will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Brattleboro Municipal Offices at 230 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

July 17

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Steering Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

Aug 23

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Complete Streets Subcommittee will meet at 10:00  a.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

Highlights - August 2018



 SWRPC August 2018

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 24 - No.8


Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format


2021 - 2030 Ten-Year Plan

As a first step in the process of developing the  New Hampshire 2021 - 2030 Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan, SWRPC has sent every municipal select board, planning board, police chief and road agent/public works official in the Southwest Region a letter soliciting project nominations and input to be considered for the next Ten Year Plan (TYP).  Individuals are encouraged to contact their local municipal elected officials or municipal staff to discuss any project ideas. Municipalities need to respond to SWRPC's request for project nominations by October 19, 2018.  For more information, please contact J.B. Mack of Commission staff.


Road Maintenance 101 for Administrators & Elected Officials

A municipality’s road network is one of its most important public assets.  Roads play a central role in everything from public safety and education to economics and social interaction.  As a result, municipal leaders routinely face taxpayer questions and challenging decisions regarding road maintenance plans.  Road Maintenance 101 for Administrators & Elected Officials was designed by the UNH Technology Transfer Center specifically for town administrators, managers, and elected officials and will provide an overview of numerous aspects of road maintenance to help municipal leaders make the most fiscally responsible and beneficial decisions for their communities.  Topics of discussion will include road design and construction, pavement management and road network approach, pavement aging and life cycle, treatment options, and timing, budgeting and maintenance strategies.  This workshop will be on Wednesday, September 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the NH Audubon Society located at 84 Silk Farm Rd. in Concord.  The municipal rate is $60 and registration is required. Click here to view more information and to register.


Protecting Drinking Water

On Friday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the SWRPC Natural Resources Advisory Committee will be hosting a workshop highlighting what municipalities can do to protect their drinking water supplies. This session will be in the Delegation Room at the Old Cheshire County Courthouse, located at 12 Court Street in Keene. The program will address site plan and zoning regulations to protect groundwater, identifying and inventorying potential contamination sources, potential solutions to protect municipally owned water system sources and resources available to communities.  The event is free, however, space is limited and advance registration is required.  For questions or to register, please contact Andrew Madison at or Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.  


2018 NHMA Law Lecture Series

The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) will host the 2018 Municipal Law Lecture Series in September and October 2018.  The lectures will be on three consecutive Wednesday nights in Keene, Derry, and Stratham.  In the Southwest Region, these sessions will be held on September 26th, October 3rd and October 10th in the Delegation Room at the Old Cheshire County Courthouse, located at 12 Court Street in Keene from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  These lectures are intended for municipal officials with an interest in or responsibility for municipal land use regulation including members of planning and zoning boards, planners, land use administrators, select boards, town and city councilors, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, and public works personnel.  This year’s lecture series will cover these topics: Planning Board Fundamentals, Reading a Survey Plan, and Understanding Solar Power and Land Use.  There is a fee of $35 per lecture or $90 for all three. Click here to view the event schedule and register.


City Express Bus Route Mapping

During August, SWRPC worked with Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (HCS) to create updated route information for the City Express bus service.  City Express currently operates three bus routes in Keene as well as a portion of Swanzey and has recently proposed an expansion of service, effective in September.  The new service will consist of thirty-nine stops, including major retailers and grocery stores, Cheshire Medical Center, downtown Keene, and North Swanzey.  In addition to printed and interactive mapping resources, SWRPC prepared updated information for Google Maps, to enable its users the capability to plan trips from multiple devices, discover available routes and stops and promote the availability of the City Express service.  The New Hampshire Department of Transportation provided support for SWRPC’s technical assistance.  To learn more about City Express and HCS, please visit https://hcsservices.org/transportation.  For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.



Radically Rural Conference

The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and the Keene Sentinel will co-host the first annual Radically Rural Conference in Keene on September 27 and 28.  Planners expect to bring together 500 people who are passionate about creating vibrant, robust rural communities and are eager to learn, connect and lead change. Radically Rural will feature five program tracks: arts & culture, entrepreneurship, journalism, working lands, and main street.  The two-day conference aims to equip residents of rural areas with strategies for transforming their small cities and towns into vibrant hubs of economic and cultural activity. To view more information and to register, please visit https://radicallyrural.org/.