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 March 2012

 SWRPC  March 2012

 Commission Highlights

 Vol. 18 - No. 3

 

Monadnock Region Local Energy Roundtable set for April 25, 2012
The Planning Commission will be holding a gathering of local energy committee members, municipal officials and interested citizens on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Dublin Public Library.  The purpose of this event will be for communities to share information and ideas on local energy planning, outreach and municipal energy improvements and to discuss potential opportunities for local and regional collaboration. This event is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with Tara Germond of Commission staff by April 16, 2012 at tgermond@swrpc.org or 357-0557.
 
Planning Commission Seeking Junkyard, Auto Repair and Fueling Station Nominations
The Planning Commission is seeking nominations for properties with histories as junkyards, auto repair facilities, fueling stations or other petroleum-based uses for its Brownfields Assessment Program. The Brownfields Assessment Program still has some available assessment grant funds that are eligible specifically for petroleum contaminated properties that must be invested by the fall of 2012.   The term “brownfield site” means real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Nominations can be for privately or publicly owned property. Towns seeking to tax deed properties will find the program valuable as a way to perform environmental due diligence. For more information about the Brownfields Assessment Program, please contact J. B. Mack of Commission staff.
 
Hazard Mitigation Plan Updates
Planning Commission staff, with support from the NH Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), has begun assisting the towns of Nelson, Marlow and Stoddard with updates of their hazard mitigation plans. Hazard mitigation plans are required to be updated every five years in order to remain eligible for mitigation funding by FEMA. Commission staff recently completed a training session that was sponsored by FEMA and HSEM in order to stay current on the latest requirements and mitigation strategies. For more information on hazard mitigation plan updates, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.
 
Roxbury Emergency Operation Plan Update
Planning Commission staff recently began an update of the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for the Town of Roxbury with the assistance of the Town’s EOP Committee. Staff has completed the latest EOP training required by NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NH HSEM) and is able to assist other Southwest Region towns in updating their plans. For more information on Emergency Operations Plan preparation and updates, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.
 
Quabbin-to-Cardigan Trail Study Meeting Rescheduled
The Quabbin-to-Cardigan trail study meeting that was postponed in February, due to a weather event, has been rescheduled for May 2nd from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Antioch University in Keene. SWRPC and the Monadnock Conservancy will co-sponsor the event that is open to anyone interested in a possible long-distance “Quabbin-to-Cardigan” hiking trail in western New Hampshire from the MA/NH border to Mt. Cardigan and beyond to the White Mountains. The meeting is a key part of a trail study being managed by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Appalachian Mountain Club with assistance from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance program. Attendees will have an opportunity to view maps of the area; speak with representatives about potential trail routes and connections to other area trail systems.  Information obtained at this meeting and other similar ones being held throughout the Quabbin to Cardigan region will be used to help determine the next steps in the trails study. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff.
 
Greenfield Adopts Groundwater Protection Ordinance
The Town of Greenfield adopted a Groundwater Protection Ordinance at this year’s Town Meeting. The Ordinance was prepared by the Greenfield Planning Board with technical assistance from SWRPC staff. The project was funded in part by the NH Department of Environmental Services through Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act.  For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of Commission staff. 
 
Annual Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop
The 2012 Annual Drinking Water Source Protection Workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday May 2, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The event is sponsored by the NH Department of Environmental Services in partnership with the American Ground Water Trust. The workshop sessions cover a variety of topics related to the protection of local sources of drinking water including an overview of the shoreland water quality protection act, low impact development regulations, and sustainable forestry management and conservation. There is a $40 registration fee which includes lunch. For additional information and to register, please visit http://www.agwt.org/workshops.htm.
 
Utilizing Economic Development Administration Data Tools
On March 14, 2012 SWRPC staff participated in a webinar event hosted by the National Association of Development Organizations and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) titled “Utilizing the EDA Data Tools in Your Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy”. This webinar provided information on accessing and utilizing EDA data tools helpful for CEDS, grants, and EDA funding opportunities. Participants were led through the Stats America website (www.statsamerica.org) and provided tips for accessing data on occupation and industry clusters, innovation indexes, measuring distress and retrieving economic and demographic data. The webinar also featured the U.S. Cluster Mapping tool (www.clustermapping.us), which provides for the analysis and comparison of industry clusters in regions across the U.S. For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of Commission staff.