SWRPC Meetings

May 22

Planning Vibrant Communities for All Ages: Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. and held at the Antrim Town Hall, 66 Main Street in Antrim. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

May 23

The Hinsdale-Brattleboro Existing Bridges Subcommittee will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Hinsdale Police Station at 10 Main Street in Hinsdale. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

May 28

The Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study Work Group will meet at 1:00 p.m. at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene, NH. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

May 30

Planning Vibrant Communities for All Ages: Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. and held at Whitcomb Hall, 17 Main Street in Swanzey. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

June 3

Planning Vibrant Communities for All Ages: Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. and held at the Jaffrey Town Office, 10 Goodnow Street in Jaffrey. For more information, please contact  Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff. This event will be live-streamed. For information go to: swrpc.org/age-focused.

June 5

The Hinsdale-Brattleboro Bridge Project Advisory Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Hinsdale Police Station at 10 Main Street in Hinsdale. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

June 5

Planning Vibrant Communities for All Ages: Community Conversation at 6:30 p.m. and held at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street in Walpole. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

June 11

The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center at Keene State College in Keene, NH. For more information, please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.

June 11

The SWRPC 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the Alumni Center at Keene State College. For more information, please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff. Click here for the event announcement.

June 18

SWRPC Focus Group Session Achieving Social Connectedness will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Keene Recreation Center located at 312 Washington Street. For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff. 

June 25

The Intermodal Transportation Center Feasibility Study Public Informational Meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Cheshire County Courthouse Delegation Hall located at 12 Court Street (Entrance on Winter Street) in Keene, NH. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff. 

 

Other Meetings

June 11

The Monadnock Region Coordinating Council will meet at 9:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

July 17

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) Steering Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the SWRPC offices at 37 Ashuelot Street in Keene. For more information, please contact Henry Underwood of SWRPC staff.

Aug 23

The Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation 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.

 

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

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail: A Pilot Project

Overview

Rail trails have long been recognized as a way to improve local and regional opportunities related to transportation, recreation, economic development, and public health. A variety of individuals and groups take on maintenance of rail trails, and they are enjoyed routinely by residents and visitors alike. Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) sees value in developing a plan which addresses the future of our region's rail trails.

 

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail is a planning effort aimed to address challenges and opportunities along the approximately 21.5-mile stretch of trail between Hinsdale and Keene, New Hampshire. The project will involve collecting data on existing trail use, conditions and amenities and conducting meetings among municipalities and other stakeholders to both share information and consider maintenance, connectivity, safety, and coordinated improvement to the trail. We hope that the project will result in a common vision for Ashuelot Rail Trail to better inform volunteer groups, local government and regional and statewide transportation planning.

Meetings and Outreach

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #1 (May 3, 2018)

Agenda

Minutes

Slide Deck (with notes)

Map Posters: Keene, Swanzey, Winchester, Hinsdale

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #2 (September 13, 2018)

Agenda

Minutes

Slide Deck

Draft Aerial Imagery Base Map 

Open House (November 17, 2018)

News Release

Flyer

Visioning Board

Precedents Slideshow

Historical Maps Presentation Board

Ashuelot Branch Railroad Valuation Sheets

 

Maps

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail Locator Map (SWRPC)

Rail Trails in New Hampshire (New Hampshire Department of Transportation)

Other Resources

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail: A Pilot Project Handout (February 2018)

New Hampshire State Trails Plan (New Hamphsire Department of Transportation)

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension "Downtowns & Trails" webpage

Videos

"Ashuelot Rail Trail Bike Ride Series #2 - Keene State College to Pine Street in Swanzey" (Greg Pregent)

"Ashuelot Rail Trail Bike Ride Series #9 - West Swanzey to Winchester NH Depot" (Greg Pregent)

"Ashuelot Rail Trail Bike Ride Series #5 - Winchester NH to the Hinsdale NH Depot" (Greg Pregent)

"Rail Trails of America" (Timothy Lawrence)

Contact Information

For additional information, contact:

 

Henry Underwood, GIS Specialist/Planner

Southwest Region Planning Commission

37 Ashuelot Street

Keene, NH 03431

603-357-0557

hunderwood@swrpc.org