Upcoming Events
September 26 The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council for Community Transportation will meet at 2:00 p.m. at Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services at 312 Marlboro Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
October 11 The SWRPC Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Rebeckah Bullock of SWRPC staff.
October 13 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Carsharing Subcommittee will meet at 12:00 p.m. at the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH. For more information contact Mari Brunner of SWRPC staff.
October 18 The Governor's Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation will conduct a public hearing on the draft Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan for FY 2019-2028 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterborough Town Offices at 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
October 18 The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Steering Committee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.
October 19 The Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 11:45 a.m. at SWRPC's offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.
Other Items of Interest
The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

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For additional NH planning events, see the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives Events Calendar.
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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 - February 2014

 SWRPC February 2014

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 20 - No. 2

 

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Bus Service to Boston Announcement

Through a public/private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Greyhound Bus Lines will be providing a new bus route service connecting Brattleboro, VT to Boston, MA on Fridays and Sundays. The service includes a stop in Keene at the Transportation Center on Gilbo Avenue. Prior to this new service the best public bus option from Boston, MA to Keene, NH took over 10 hours, where the new route takes two hours. Improving intercity bus services to connecting Routes in Nashua, Manchester and Concord as well as Boston has been a top priority of the Monadnock Region Transportation Management Association (MRTMA) which receives technical support from SWRPC staff. The MRTMA Intercity Bus Task Force is continuing to advocate for additional service improvements and better transfer times at nearby bus hubs in Springfield, MA and White River Junction, VT. For more information about this new service, the MRTMA and the Intercity Bus Task Force, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Land Conservation Activities

The NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, known as LCHIP, recently distributed more than $3 million in grant funds to 39 preservation projects throughout the state. Six projects in our region were awarded funding as follows:

    • Brennan Brook Conservation Project in Francestown
    • Shattuck-Dinsmore Conservation Project in Francestown
    • Building #3 and Inspection Room in Harrisville
    • Stone Arch Bridge in Keene
    • Wyman Tavern in Keene
    • Wingate Farm in Winchester and Hinsdale

In a related item, applications are currently being sought for the 2014 Quabbin to Cardigan Trail Grants Program. Applications must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. on March 14th. Application materials are available at http://q2cpartnership.org/grants.aspx. Questions regarding the grant program and application process should be directed to Chris Wells at the Society for Protection of NH Forests at (603) 224-9945 or cwells@forestsociety.org.


Stream Crossing Vulnerability Assessment Workshop

On February 26th, SWRPC staff attended the Piscataquog Watershed Stream Crossing Vulnerability Assessment Project Public Informational Workshop in New Boston. Workshop presenters included representatives from Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission, Trout Unlimited, Antioch University, and Streamworks Engineering. Through a grant from NH Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, project partners completed stream crossing surveys and created assessment tools to evaluate and rate a stream crossing’s vulnerability to severe storm events. Field data and modeling tools are currently being developed for use by road agents, public works staff and others to proactively address inadequate crossings, protect water quality, and improve aquatic habitat. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of Commission staff.


Tri-State Bicycle Map Project

SWRPC staff is in the process of finalizing designated bicycle routes for the western portion of our region for inclusion in the Connecticut River Valley Scenic Bikeway map. SWRPC is a partner with the Windham Regional Commission (VT), Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, (MA) and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (MA) on a project aimed at developing a regional bicycle map for the tri-state region. Locations for wayfinding signs along portions of the Connecticut River Valley are being discussed, primarily in Chesterfield, Hinsdale, and Walpole. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Steve Waleryszak of Commission staff.


Transportation Planners Collaborative (TPC)

On February 25th, staff attended a TPC meeting that provided updates on a new federal funding program called the Transportation Alternatives Program, and the Statewide Asset Data Exchange System (SADES). The Transportation Alternatives Program replaces and combines the former Transportation Enhancement, Recreational Trails and Safe Routes to Schools programs. The new program will set aside $1.25 million for Recreational Trails projects and an additional $5 million for other projects annually. NH DOT is currently formulating proposed guidelines for the program that will require a 20% local match. Eligible activities for the Program are to be focused on projects that meet non-motorized needs (e.g. walking and biking). The SADES program is a partnership between the University of New Hampshire, NH DOT and regional planning commissions to begin a geospatial transportation asset inventory of transportation related facilities such as culverts, guardrails, sidewalks, and crosswalks on both state and town roads. For more information on either of these programs, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Farmer Appreciation Night

The Monadnock Farm Community Coalition will be holding Farmer Appreciation Night on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Heberton Hall, adjacent to the Keene Public Library. This event has free admission for farmers and the public is invited to attend with a suggested $10 donation. A potluck buffet will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. After dinner, there will be music provided by The Bump Road Band and The Cold River Ranters, followed by a contradance. Awards will be given to the oldest farmer and a newcomer. This is a volunteer-run event to show appreciation for local farmers, and more volunteers are welcome. For additional information or to register, please contact Roe-Ann Tasoulas at: coordinator@mfccoalition.org.