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2021 Data Collection Internship

Cheshire Rail Trail Planning Project

Planning for Hinsdale-Brattleboro Existing Bridges and Island Area

Monadnock Broadband Implementation Guide

Monadnock Vital Economies

COVID-19 Resources Page
Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail: A Pilot Project

Highlights Newsletter

Highlights Archive

SWRPC Meetings

May 7, 2021

The SWRPC Brownfields Advisory Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m.

Agenda

To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/May7BrAC21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 840 9300 3621

Passcode: 317619

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

May 11, 2021

The SWRPC Board of Directors will meet at 3:00 p.m.

Agenda

To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/May11BOD21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 844 4180 7811

Passcode: 290246

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact Becky Baldwin of SWRPC staff.

June 7, 2021
The SWRPC Transportation Advisory Committee will meet at 2:00 p.m.
To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/June7TAC21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 837 8594 4365

Passcode: 136364

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact J. B. Mack of SWRPC staff.

Other Meetings

May 12, 2021
The Swanzey Emergency Operations Plan Update Work Group will meet at 10:00 a.m.

To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/May12SwEOP21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 843 0660 0638

Passcode: 034023

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

May 13, 2021

The Chesterfield Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Work Group will meet at 9:00 a.m.

To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/May13ChHMWG21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 822 0041 4940

Passcode: 631760

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

May 18, 2021

The Monadnock Regional Coordinating Council for Transportation will meet at 9:00 a.m.

To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/May18MRCC21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 884 2527 0050

Passcode: 477314

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact Terry Johnson of SWRPC staff.

May 20, 2021

The Surry Hazard Mitigation Update Work Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. PM
To join the Zoom meeting via computer please click:

http://bit.ly/May20SuHMWG21

To join via phone please call (646) 558-8656

Meeting ID: 832 3202 7579

Passcode: 224603

For assistance logging in please contact Rich Clough of SWRPC staff.

For more information, please contact Lisa Murphy of SWRPC staff.

 

Items of Interest

The Regional Public Involvement Plan for Southwest New Hampshire has been adopted and released. To view the plan, please click here.

For 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 please click here

To learn about the Greater Keene Air Quality Education and Outreach Campaign please click here.

To learn about the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process please click here

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail: A Pilot Project

Plan Components

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail without appendices (PDF)

Appendix A - Existing Conditions Technical Memos (PDF)

Appendix B - Public Outreach Technical Memos (PDF)

Appendix C - Project Advisory Committee Meeting Agendas & Minutes (PDF)

 

Implementation Plan Interactive Map

Implementation Plan Spreadsheet (Excel)

 

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

 

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #3 (August 29, 2019)

Agenda

Minutes

Draft Vision, Goals and Objectives Memo

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #4 (October 17, 2019)

Agenda

Minutes

Draft Plan and Implementation Plan Memo

Draft Plan (Adobe PDF version)

Project Advisory Committee Meeting #5 (December 17, 2019)

Agenda

Minutes 

Existing Conditions Assessment Technical Memos

  • Literature Review - Inventory of existing trail-related plans, policies, laws, or other documents.
  • Base Mapping/Inventory - Synopsis of trail-related mapping activities. Accompanied by a trail map booklet.
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Collisions - Inventory of recent vehicle crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists at or near roadway trail crossings.
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Counts - Overview of bicycle and pedestrian counting activities conducted to date and summary of collected data.
  • Trail Condition Assessment - Summary of methods and findings from a trails condition assessment conducted by Keene State College students, in consultation with SWRPC, municipal staff and others.
  • Programs Analysis - An inventory of recent or ongoing programming that makes use of the Ashuelot Rail Trail, a review of example on-trail programming taking place in other areas of the country and an overview of academic and professional literature regarding the health benefits of active recreation and on-trail programs.
  • Economic Benefit Analysis - High-level analysis and literature review covering types of economic benefits, relevant studies and methodologies to consider as part of a more detailed study or data collection initiative.
  • Policy Integration - Analysis of municipal complete streets policies and complete streets planning and design guidelines.

 

Public Outreach Technical Memos 

  • Online Resident Survey - Analysis of results from the online resident survey.
  • Municipal Survey - Summary of responses from municipal staff and officials focusing on information relative to plans for improvements, needs, promotion, land use issues, previous planning and more.
  • Key Stakeholder Group Survey - Summary of responses from an online survey sent to organized user groups covering a range of trail-related issues. 
  • Intercept Survey - Summary of data collected from in-person surveys with trail users conducted in each of the four communities.
  • Open House - Description of open house activities and implementation, along with compilation of collected input. 

Maps

Plan for Ashuelot Rail Trail Locator Map (SWRPC)

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

Other Resources

Funding Resources Supplement Handout

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

[email protected]