At the April 11, 2018 RPC Commission meeting, Pamela Monroe from the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee provided an overview of the NHSEC and its process to approve siting of energy facilities in the state. (The full presentation is available here.)
This presentation was requested by the RPC to better inform our Commissioners and communities about the permitting process for siting the Granite Bridge Pipeline Project, and underground natural gas pipeline and storage facility proposed by Liberty Utilities within the RPC region. The pipeline is proposed to be built within the NHDOT Route 101 right of way from Manchester to Stratham, with the storage facility being located in Epping near Exit 6.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference on Thursday, May 17, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This is the largest drinking water source protection event in New England! This year’s conference will feature a total of 18 presentations on:
PFAS and other emerging contaminants
Update on NH’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund
Legislative updates involving drinking water
Research from Dartmouth concerning health impacts associated with arsenic exposure
Projects related to source water planning, land conservation, and community engagement
….and many more interesting source protection topics!
The conference fee is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments. Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours toward the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.
The FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
is a prioritized list of federal and state funded regional
transportation projects developed by NH DOT and representatives from the
communities of the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region. The RPC
announces its intent to amend the TIP to account for project changes
and to maintain consistency with the State Transportation Improvement
Program (STIP). To maintain consistency between the TIP and the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP),
the project list of the LRTP will be updated in conjunction with the
changes to the TIP. The project specific changes to the TIP and
supporting documentation can be found on the TIP Amendment page of the Rockingham Planning Commission website at http://www.rpc-nh.org.
A 30-day public comment period for the Amendments begins Monday, March 12th, 2018 and concludes on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for WednesdayApril 11th, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PMat the Epping Town Hall (157 Main Street). The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.
of July 20, 2013, all of New Hampshire is unclassifiable/attainment for
the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (the 2008
ozone standard) and as of April 6, 2015, the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National
Ambient Air Quality Standard (the 1997 ozone standard) is revoked for
all purposes, including transportation conformity purposes in the
Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE) NH area.
Consistent with the
RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is
also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the
programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and
CART transit systems.
Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through March 10th, 2018 and may be addressed to:
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is hosting a Statewide Freight Summit on March 22, 2018 in Claremont, NH. The Summit will be held at the Claremont Savings Bank Community Room (145 Broad Street, Claremont) from 12:30 - 3:00 PM. The summit will provide an overview of the New Hampshire Freight Plan, discuss national trends in freight movement, provide an update on investments into the Port of New Hampshire, and provide information on the latest developments in Autonomous Trucking and Truck Platooning and their potential impacts on the trucking industry.
Registration for this event closes on Friday, March 16 and seating is limited. Register online via nhfreight.eventbrite.com
The event will be followed by an Open House in the same room from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.
The New Hampshire DOT (NH DOT) Statewide Freight Plan is a strategic
planning document that will define a short and long-term vision for the
freight system in New Hampshire. The statewide freight plan will be
multi-modal; including air, pipeline, rail, truck and maritime
transport. It will identify short, medium, and long-term strategies to
guide future freight policies, investments, and partnerships. Work on
the plan began in the spring of 2016 and will be completed by fall of
As part of the planning process, NH DOT has convened a State
Freight Advisory Committee (SFAC). Committee members will participate
in the development of the statewide freight plan, by providing direction
and guidance on freight issues of concern and opportunities; freight
stakeholders and areas of interest; strategies, actions, and policies;
and project prioritization.
For more information about this project, please contact to Lucy St. John, Senior Planner, at Lucy.StJohn@dot.nh.gov.
RPC has been experiencing e-mail communication issues in the last few weeks. The reason appears to involve recipients email servers marking RPC's emails as spam or junk mail. If you are expecting an e-mail from RPC, please check your junk email folder( and mark it as "not junk/spam") or call staff members at their direct line below or via the main RPC phone number 778-0885.
The Rockingham Planning Commission announces the release for public comment of a draft update to the agency's Public Participation Plan (PPP). This plan sets out the policies, goals and approaches for public participation as part of transportation planning activities conducted by the Rockingham Planning Commission.
A 45-day public comment period for the Draft Public Participation Plan begins Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and concludes on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. A public hearing to consider the updated plan and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PMat the Epping Town Hall (157 Main Street). The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to vote on adoption of the Public Participation Plan
The Rockingham Planning Commission is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving twenty-seven (27) communities in southeastern New Hampshire. The core role of the MPO is to ensure local input in the planning and programming of federally funded transportation projects. As part of this role, the MPO is required to implement a proactive public participation process that provides complete information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and early and continuing participation of the public in developing plans.
Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website Public Engagement page, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through close of business on April 11th, 2018 and may be addressed to:
The February, 14, 2018 RPC Commissioners meeting has been CANCELLED. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018; the location is to be determined. All meeting agendas, minutes and materials can be found on the Meetings page.
Save the Date: The 24th Annual Office of Strategic Initatives Spring Planning and Zoning Conference
Save the Date: The 24th Annual Spring Planning and Zoning Conference will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Visit the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives website for updates and to view presentations from past conferences: https://www.nh.gov/osi/planning/resources/conferen...
Updated OSI Handbooks for Local Officials Now Available
2017 editions of OSI’s planning and zoning handbooks are now available. These handbooks are designed to serve as an introduction to the organization, powers, duties, and procedures of Planning Boards and Board of Adjustment in New Hampshire. They are resources to acquaint board members and others with the basic responsibilities of the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment and to suggest procedures by which the work of the boards can be carried out in a fair and effective manner.