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2019-06-13 - Fresh Look for RPC

RPC's new colors represent our mission to empower strong, vibrant communities. Visit our services page to learn how we might assist your community:

http://www.rpc-nh.org/commission/services


2019-06-13 - 2019 Hayden and Quinlan Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 James Hayden Awards and Daniel Quinlan Award, presented at RPC's Annual Meeting on June 12 in Hampton.

Hayden Awards: Linda Harvey of Salem, and Friends of Kingston Open Space (accepted by Rick Russman).

Quinlan Award: Jay Diener of Hampton.

See photos at https://www.facebook.com/pg/RockinghamPlanning/posts/

James Hayden Award

The James Hayden Award was established in remembrance of Jim Hayden, RPC Commissioner from Newfields and long time District Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service) for Rockingham County for many years.Jim retired from the SCS in the mid 1980s and became RPC Commissioner in 1988.He was instrumental in the development of the County Soil Survey and in efforts to protect the natural resource base of the County and region in the face of extensive development.He contributed to the creation of many of the essential tools that most towns still use today in planning, including wetlands, shoreline and aquifer protection overlay zoning and also promoted the use of soil and resource mapping in community and site planning.Accordingly, the Hayden Award is intended to recognize those in the region who have made significant contributions to their communities or the greater region in natural resource conservation and planning.The Hayden Award has been awarded seven times since its inception:Forest Griffin of North Hampton & Exeter in 2003; Larry Smith of East Kingston in 2007; Alice Tonry of Hampton Falls in 2008; Mary Currier of RCCD in 2009; The Tucker and French Families of Kingston in 2010; and Sue Foote of Seabrook in 2011 and to the North Hampton Forever Land Conservation Initiative in 2012.

Daniel Quinlan Award

The Daniel Quinlan Award was established in memory of Dan Quinlan, long serving RPC Commissioners and twice RPC Chairman from Windham.Dan was exemplary over many years in service both to his Town (as library Trustee, Planning Board member and other roles) and to the regional community as RPC Commissioner and Master Plan Committee, Regional Impacts Committee and Chair for two terms.He worked to ensure the best for the Commission, but also to ensure that the Commission did its best to serve his community and region.His skill was to bring people together to solve problems.The Quinlan Award is given in recognition of those in the region who made significant contributions to sound community and regional planning and have fostered intermunicipal cooperation and collaboration in the region.The Quinlan Award has been awarded seven times since its inception:Merilyn Senter of Plaistow in 2005; Cliff Sinnott, RPC Executive Director in 2006; Glenn Coppelman of Kingston in 2008, Ted Tocci of Hampton Falls in 2009; Tim Moore of Plaistow in 2010; and Warren Bambury of Hampton in 2011, and to Steve Miller, GBNERR and Sherry Godlewski of NHDES in their roles as Co-Chairs of the Climate Adaptation Workgroup.

2019-06-10 - 2019 TIP Amendment #1 Proposed

30 Day comment period and public hearing

A 30-day public comment period for Amendment 1 to the 2019 TIP begins Monday, June 10, 2019 and concludes on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday July 10, 2019, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Hampstead Town Hall (11 Main Street, Hampstead). The Planning Commission will met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP. Amendment #1 considers changes to four statewide projects and programs and full details are found on the TIP Amendments page of the website that is linked below.

2019 TIP Amendment #1 Details

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2019-06-01 - ​CommuteSmart NH Commuter Challenge in June

Why not have more fun getting to work this spring? Throughout June NH employers statewide will be competing to get commuters out of the single occupant vehicle as part of the CommuteSmartNH Commuter Challenge. CommuteSmartNH is an initiative of the nine regional planning commissions, NHDOT and other partners. The big goal is to reduce vehicle trips, thereby reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. For individual commuters the result is lower commuting costs, a little friendly competition, and maybe a way to fit a workout into a busy schedule.

Is your workplace up to the Challenge? For more information go to www.commutesmartnh.org or email Scott Bogle at sbogle@rpc-nh.org

2019-05-23 - Update on RPC's Electricity Supply Aggregation Program

In 2019, RPC will work with 8 municipalities, libraries, and school districts to form an aggregation to procure electricity from a competitive supplier. The anticipated timeline is to issue a RFP in early August, sign contracts in September, and begin taking supply in November.

The goal of the Rockingham Planning Commission Electricity Supply Aggregation is to purchase electricity as a group from a competitive supplier at a lower rate than each member could receive on its own. By purchasing as an aggregation, municipalities and school districts can offer electricity suppliers a larger demand than if they each tried to purchase electricity individually. The larger demand, in turn, allows suppliers to offer a better rate.

RPC serves as an aggregator to facilitate a bid process among competitive electricity suppliers licensed with the NH Public Utilities Commission. Each aggregation member signs its own contract with the supplier for a fixed electricity supply rate. Rates and contracts are identical for each member within a given electric distribution territory. Questions? Contact Tim Roache, Executive Director at 658-0518.

Additional information is available at: www.rpc-nh.org/aggregation

2019-05-15 - New Hampshire Planners Association 2019 Spring Conference

June 6-7

Registration is now open for "Happy & Healthy Communities" the New Hampshire Planners Association 2019 Spring Conference on June 6-7 in Exeter/Rye.

The conference will start Thursday June 6th in the afternoon with a walking tour led by RPC's Julie LaBranche. Then an ethics session led by Ben Frost before a social networking hour.

On Friday June 7th, the day will include sessions on the NH Healthy Aging Data Report, fresh off the presses, a keynote by Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr. (former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court) about changing the conversation on mental health and how to reduce stigma and other topics relating to Health, Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Coastal Concerns.

For more details and to register by May 24th visit http://nhpa.wildapricot.org/Events

2019-05-14 - RPC Annual Meeting

June 12th, 6-9pm

Join us at The Galley Hatch in Hampton for RPC's 2019 Annual Meeting, featuring guest speaker John T. Broderick Jr.
"Changing the Culture of Mental Illness: It's Way Past Time"

Wednesday, June 12th 2019, 6-9pm

The registration for this event is $35 (covers the cost of your meal)

Please RSVP by June 5, 2019 by clicking here.

The Evening's Events:
6-7pm Hors d'Ouevres/Cash Bar
7-9pm Dinner, Annual Business Meeting & Awards, and Guest Speaker

Learn more about the speaker and topic by clicking here.


As community planners we at RPC strive to empower healthy, connected towns and cities in southeastern New Hampshire. Through strategic and thoughtful planning, communities can provide all citizens with a place to live, access to transportation, and opportunities to reach local services. Concepts like complete streets and mixed-use zoning allow towns and cities to be better connected for travel by foot, bike, or public transit. Well-designed communities support all residents including those who struggle with physical or mental disability and/or substance abuse disorders.

As we work to empower our communities with the tools and resources they need to serve their citizenry we need to keep in mind the real challenges so many of our residents face today. As part of our community planning process, it is incumbent on RPC to help advance the conversation and raise awareness of the mental health crisis in our State. We are honored to host John Broderick, former NH Supreme Court Chief Justice and current Co-chair of the Campaign to Change Direction NH. Justice Broderick will share his family’s deeply personal story of mental illness and the innovative efforts New Hampshire is taking to raise awareness and eliminate stigmas related to mental illness diagnosis and treatment.

2019-04-26 - Notice of Errors - 2018-2019 NH Planning and Land Use Regulation Book

Please note the following production errors in this year’s NH Planning and Land Use Regulation Book (the 2018-2019 Edition with the orange cover).

  1. First, it appears that the publisher shipped the incorrect CD with many, if not all, of the book/CD combos. Rather than a copy of NH land use statutes, a disk of Washington DC criminal code was included instead. If you purchased a book/CD combo through your Regional Planning Commission and received the incorrect CD, please contact that RPC as replacement CDs have been shipped there for local distribution. If you purchased the book/CD combo from Lexis, please contact your Lexis representative directly.
  2. Second, the text of RSA 91-A:2, II-b was omitted from this year’s books. See page 99. The missing text states:

II-b. (a) If a public body maintains an Internet website or contracts with a third party to maintain an Internet website on its behalf, it shall either post its approved minutes in a consistent and reasonably accessible location on the website or post and maintain a notice on the website stating where the minutes may be reviewed and copies requested.

(b) If a public body chooses to post meeting notices on the body's Internet website, it shall do so in a consistent and reasonably accessible location on the website. If it does not post notices on the website, it shall post and maintain a notice on the website stating where meeting notices are posted.

The full section of RSA 91-A:2 is available here from the General Court’s website.

Corrected text, as issued by the publisher, is included on the second page of NH OSI's notice here. The page can be printed and inserted into your books to mitigate this omission. Rockingham Planning Commission is in the process of sending copies of corrected text to all municipalities who ordered NH Planning and Land Use Regulation Books (2018-2019).

Please contact Michael Klass at NH Office of Strategic Initiatives (603-271-6651, Michael.klass@osi.nh.gov) for any questions.

2019-03-26 - Plan NH 2019 Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) to Increase Housing Options Now Available

Applications are due May 6, 2019

Plan NH has announced their 2019 Municipal Technical Assistance Grant (MTAG) Program to assist municipalities who are looking to increase housing opportunities but may need to modify zoning regulations to do so. For example, a community may want places to live in the town center, but current zoning does not allow it. Or, people may be looking for denser neighborhoods of smaller homes, but current zoning does not allow it.

Grants range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000. A cash match of 25% is required. Community outreach and engagement is required. Funds are available to for hiring a consultant to:

  • Assist in identifying the community’s housing needs.
  • Review current zoning and related regulations related to housing.
  • Rewrite regulations to permit a wider range of choices in home location, design, and/or price-point.
  • Write new zoning regulations to support a wider range of choices of where people can live according to their wants and needs.

Applications are due on May 6, 2019.

Additional details, including full applications, are available at: http://plannh.org/nh-municipal-technical-assistance-grant-program

Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) is available to assist interested municipalities in developing project scopes and applications, provide technical assistance with updating or changing zoning regulations, and/or facilitating community outreach and engagement activities.

If your community is interested in understanding its housing wants and needs, and how to achieve them we are here to help. Please feel free to contact Tim Roache (troache@rpc-nh.org; 778-0885), RPC Executive Director, with any questions.

2019-03-15 - 2019 Town Meeting Zoning Ordinance Round-Up

The majority of municipalities in the RPC region voted on zoning ordinance changes on Tuesday, March 2019. The following is a summary of the zoning ordinances proposed in the RPC region .

The quick synopsis is that all zoning proposals passed where proposed, with exception of zoning related citizen petitions.

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