SWRPC Meetings

Sept 9

The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene.  For more information please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff. 

Sept 10

The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene.  For more information please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.

 

Other Meetings

Aug 20





 

The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council 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.

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.

Aug  29

 

 

The Hinsdale-Brattleboro Existing Bridges Subcommittee will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Hinsdale Police Station at 10 Main Street, Hinsdale.  For more information please contact J.B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Aug 29

         

The Ashuelot Rail Trail Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. at Whitcomb Hall at 17 Main Street, Swanzey.  For more information, please contact Todd Horner 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 - March 2019

 

 SWRPC March 2019

 Commission Highlights

Vol. 26 - No.3

 

Check out the SWRPC Highlights Archive for previous issues.

Current Issue in PDF format

 

Northern Border Regional Commission Grant Opportunity 

Applications are now being accepted for the Northern Border Regional Commission's (NBRC) Economic and Infrastructure Development Investment Program, which awards grants of up to $500,000 for infrastructure projects and $250,000 for other eligible projects. The application deadline is May 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Submission of a letter of notification is recommended, but not required, even if received beyond the recommended due date of March 29, 2019.  The recent reauthorization of the federal Farm Bill extends the NBRC service area to include Cheshire County. Created in 2008, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership to support economic and community development activities in designated counties of New York, Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. Proposals will be accepted for projects related to transportation, telecommunication and basic public infrastructure; workforce development; entrepreneurship, technology, or business development; resource conservation, tourism and recreation; publicly owned renewable energy development; or projects for basic health care and other public services.  Eligible applicants include public bodies and IRS 501(c) organizations. Please find application details at nbrc.gov.  For more information, please contact Todd Horner of SWRPC staff. 

 

Community Development Block Grant Applications 

During the month of March, SWRPC assisted Cheshire County in preparing applications under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  The proposed projects involve Cheshire County sub-granting CDBG funds to the Hannah Grimes Center, the University of New Hampshire/Pathway to Work program, and the Regional Economic Development Center.  These funds would support training and technical assistance services to low- and moderate-income business owners through microenterprise programs which include small businesses and start-ups.  The microenterprise program’s mission is to increase the income and economic stability of self-employed people and microenterprises, by helping them to access capital, business training and expanded market opportunities.  SWRPC will serve as grant administrator should funding be awarded.  For more information, please contact Rebeckah Bullock of SWRPC staff.

 

Brownfields Assessment Activities

At its meeting of March 5, 2019 the SWRPC Brownfields Advisory Committee (BrAC) authorized work on three properties.  The BrAC approved a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) at the former McGoldrick site in Hinsdale, a Supplemental Phase II ESA at the former W. W. Cross site in Jaffrey, and a Supplemental Phase II ESA and Remedial Action Plan at the former A. C. Lawrence Tannery site in Winchester.  SWRPC has been working closely with the three towns and other partners to promote active redevelopment of each site.  Noteworthy is the former AC Lawrence Tannery site, which has been vacant since the 1980s and is being considered by the Town of Winchester as a potential site for a 1 MW solar array.  If successful, it would be the first solar array built on a brownfield site in New Hampshire.  SWRPC continues to accept nominations for properties under its Brownfields assessment program.  For more information, visit swrpc.org/brownfields or contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

 

Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference

The NH Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has announced the opening of registration for its 25th Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference, scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.  OSI recommends early registration as sessions fill up quickly.  To view details of the Conference and to register, visit the OSI site: https://bit.ly/2UoQL0C.

 

CommuteSmart NH

SWRPC is helping to plan and coordinate activities related to CommuteSmart NH, a statewide initiative that aims to promote commuting alternatives. Currently, the initiative is working toward increasing awareness and use of the NH
Department of Transportation’s online ride matching platform, Rideshare NH, located at nh.gov/dot/programs/rideshare, which helps commuters find carpooling partners. In addition, CommuteSmart NH is organizing a statewide challenge that offers incentives to workplaces and individuals who use carpooling, biking, or other alternative modes to travel to/from work.  For more information, please visit commutesmartnh.org or contact Todd Horner of SWRPC staff.

 

NH Pedestrian & Bike Plan

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation and its consultant Alta Planning+Design are seeking public input on the NH Pedestrian and Bike Plan, currently in development. The Plan's goal is to increase walking and bicycling in all regions of New Hampshire. Alta Planning asks that interested parties complete a short online survey and/or submit written comments. An online interactive map is also available, on which the public can flag favorite routes or destinations, as well as difficult intersections or challenging bicycle/pedestrian corridors. More information about the NH Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan is available at nhpedbikeplan.com. 

 

 

Age-Focused Planning

In March, SWRPC staff took part in a local public radio show to provide information about the Age-Focused Planning project.  Also during the month, SWRPC conducted two public focus group meetings in the on-going effort to collect information to inform the Age-Focused Planning project for Southwest New Hampshire.  On March 7th, Planning Transportation for All Ages was held to hear about transportation issues and potential solutions in the region.  On March 14th; Meeting Housing Needs in the Monadnock Region provided a chance to discuss housing issues particularly as they may relate to individuals across the age spectrum.  Additional meetings are being organized for public input to the project in locations around the region.  To learn more visit swrpc.org/age-focused and while there, please take the survey.  For additional information about the project, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.