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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Highlights April 2012

 SWRPC  April 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 4

 

Community Planning Grants Available
New Hampshire Housing has announced the Community Planning Grant Program (CPG), which will provide over $1 million in competitive matching grants to New Hampshire municipalities. CPG funds will assist in the development of ordinances and regulations that help build and sustain prosperous communities.  Qualifying projects include the development of mixed-use zoning, village plan alternative, in-fill development, workforce housing, inclusionary zoning, and lot size averaging ordinances. Other eligible projects include building codes for energy efficiency, corridor planning, creation of neighborhood heritage districts, economic development connecting housing with transportation, and regulatory reviews. Master Plan updates may be included in the grant but only in support of a proposed ordinance. CPG grants will be available in two rounds, one in 2012 and the other in 2013.  In the first round, municipalities may apply for one-year grants of up to $30,000 or two-year grants of up to $50,000 to provide technical assistance in modifying local regulations so that socially, economically and environmentally healthy communities can be achieved.  Special funding allocations will be made for communities that want to create neighborhood heritage districts or adopt inclusionary zoning ordinances that promote housing affordability. First round grant applications are due on June 15, 2012.  For more information about the CPG Program, including application materials, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff or visit the NH Citizen Planner Collaborative at www.nhcitizenplanner.org.
 
Monadnock Local Energy Roundtable
The Planning Commission hosted a gathering of local energy committee members and interested citizens on April 25, 2012.  Representatives from Alstead, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Richmond, Rindge, Sullivan, and Temple attended this event, to share information and ideas on local energy planning and to discuss opportunities for local and regional collaboration. Notes from this meeting will be made available on SWRPC’s website during May of 2012. For more information on this event, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.
 
Natural Resource Advisory Committee to Host Water Resource Protection Seminar
The Southwest Region Planning Commission’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee is sponsoring educational sessions to provide guidance to those interested in the quality of our lakes and rivers. This is a two part series designed to help individuals learn about ways in which they can help to protect our waterbodies with very little effort or time. The first session, Volunteer Programs to Protect Against Invasive Species and Maintain Water Quality, will be held on May 24th at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street in Keene and will include information on volunteer opportunities for individuals including the Weed Watcher Program, Lake Host Program, Volunteer Lake Assessment Program, and Volunteer River Assessment Program. The second session, Shoreland and Watershed Maintenance, will be held on June 6th at the Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King’s Highway in Hancock and will focus on shoreland protection and stormwater management methods for property owners. Co-sponsors include the Monadnock Conservancy, the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the NH Lakes Association, and the NH Department of Environmental Services. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.
 
Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation
After a year of deliberation, the Eastern Monadnock and Cheshire County Regional Coordinating Councils for Community Transportation have officially merged into the Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council (MRCC). The MRCC encompasses all of Cheshire County and ten municipalities in western Hillsborough County. The mission of the MRCC is to implement and facilitate a community transportation coordination framework in the Region that encourages participation, involvement and support from the entire community, and successfully facilitates the creation of inter- and intra-regional services to benefit transportation users, providers, and purchasers.   The MRCC meets on a quarterly basis. For more information, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.
 
2012 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference
Planning Commission staff attended the National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference hosted by the National Association of Development Organizations in Burlington, VT from April 25th to 27th. Each year, this unique event convenes rural and small metropolitan transportation planners, professionals, and stakeholders to discuss practical issues and topics, engage one another through information exchange and networking opportunities, and learn from national experts. Staff attended workshop sessions on visioning, measuring plan implementation, freight and economic development, using technology to enhance transportation planning, improving coordination with State Departments of Transportation, and a closing plenary on future directions for the Federal Surface Transportation Program. All training will translate into staff providing towns with the best transportation planning technical assistance tools and information available. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.
 
New Hampshire Public Works Mutual Aid
The NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NH HSEM) is encouraging towns to consider joining NH Public Works Mutual Aid.  The NH Public Works Mutual Aid program is the first state-wide program of its kind in the U.S. The program provides a system where local public works departments can share resources during emergency situations. If interested, or for additional information, please contact Beth Hamilton at the UNH Technology Transfer Center at e.hamilton@unh.edu, visit the UNH Technology Transfer Center website at http://www.t2.unh.edu/ma/, or contact your local NH HSEM field representative.