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The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation Bicycle Friendly Community Subcommittee will meet at 4:00 p.m. at the City Hall 2nd Floor Conference Room at 3 Washington Street in Keene, NH. For more information contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.
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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 July 2012

 SWRPC  July 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 7

 

A Monadnock Region Future

The Planning Commission is embarking on a three-year initiative to update our Regional Plan. This regional initiative entitled, Monadnock Region Future, will address a full range of issues and engage a representative cross-section of our population to develop a plan for the future of the Monadnock Region. The planning process will evaluate challenges and opportunities and determine ways to offer choices that appeal to diverse interests while maintaining what is valued most about our Region and its communities. Monadnock Region Future is a component of a statewide project, Granite State Future, through which the state’s nine regional planning commissions are working in partnership with a consortium of state agencies and non-governmental organizations to update regional plans in New Hampshire. Within the upcoming months, Commission staff will be seeking input the Region’s residents and workers about what their vision is for the future. For more information about this project, please contact Tara Germond of Commission staff.


2012 Municipal Law Lecture Series

The schedule has been set for the 2012 Municipal Law Lecture Series which is being co-sponsored by the NH Local Government Center, NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions and the NH Planners Association. Members of planning boards, zoning boards, boards of selectmen, conservation commissions, planners, councilors, building officials, and code enforcement officers are encouraged to attend. Lectures in the Southwest Region will be held at the Peterborough Town Library from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as follows:

  • September 12th - Procedural Basics for Planning and Zoning Boards
  • September 19th - Religion and Land Use Controls: What are the Legal Limits?
  • September 26th - Innovative Land Use Controls: Re-examining Your Zoning Ordinance

The cost is $25 per lecture and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Christian Pearsall at registrations@nhlgc.org or call (800) 852-3358 ext. 3350.


New Round of Safe Routes to School Grants Announced

Anticipating the opening of the sixth round of funding for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) “general grants,” the NH Department of Transportation is inviting public comment on changes in the program. It is anticipated that NHDOT and the Regional Planning Commissions will begin accepting applications in mid-October 2012 with awards being announced in May 2013. Awards will reimburse local sponsors for 100% of eligible and approved expenses. General grants provide reimbursement for SRTS programs that use the concept of the “5Es” (evaluation, education, encouragement, enforcement, and engineering) to blend infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure programming. Applications will be evaluated on how well they meet the goal of enabling and encouraging children in kindergarten through eighth grade, including those with disabilities, to safely walk and/or ride bicycles between home and school. The program focuses on children who live within approximately two miles of school. Suggestions and comments should be submitted to John Corrigan, SRTS Coordinator jcorrigan@dot.state.nh.us for consideration, no later than September 4, 2012. For technical assistance or more information, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.


Local Communities Receive Planning Grants

Congratulations to the towns of Greenfield, Peterborough, Rindge, Temple, and the City of Keene who recently received five of the twenty-two planning grants that were awarded statewide through the Community Planning Grant (CPG) Program. The CPG Program which is funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by New Hampshire Housing, in collaboration with several public agencies and statewide institutions, to help New Hampshire cities and towns improve their land use regulations and create more resilient local economies. The local projects will include: review of land use regulations, development of innovative zoning and land use regulations and development of regulatory mechanisms that promote infill development. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.


Community Development Block Grant Applications

During the month of July, Planning Commission staff assisted the towns of Marlborough and Winchester in preparing applications under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Town of Marlborough proposes converting the vacant Marlborough School into 24 senior (55+) housing units for persons or households at or below 60% of the area Median Family Income. The project is led by Southwestern Community Services Inc., with the Town of Marlborough sponsoring the grant and SWRPC acting as grant writer and administrator. The Town of Winchester proposes the demolition and rebuilding of 30 apartments at Wedgewood Duplexes. The project is currently led by the Monadnock Affordable Housing Commission with the Town of Winchester sponsoring the grant and SWRPC acting as grant writer and administrator. Grant awards following the review of applications should be announced in October 2012. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.


Stay, Leave, Connect: A Personal Plan for All Emergencies

In September, the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network and Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps will be hosting “Stay, Leave, Connect: A Personal Plan for All Emergencies” training event. This event will teach participants how to safely evacuate their homes during emergencies and how to stay connected with family and friends during an evacuation. Sessions will be held at the Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough on September 12th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene on September 25th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.doodle.com/u29bdxskmbwihpzn or contact Tricia J. Wadleigh of the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network at 603-354-5454 x 3030.