PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING
CONSIDERATION OF CONCEPTS FOR REST AREA AND TRANSIT FACILITY/PARKING PROJECTS
The State of New Hampshire’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) Infrastructure Oversight Commission will hold a public hearing on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Department of Transportation, 7 Hazen Drive, Room 114, in Concord, NH. The public is invited to attend and provide comments on whether the public-private partnership is the appropriate procurement method for previously proposed projects.
The P3 Commission requested the submission of P3 project ideas through letters of interest for consideration and potential development by the Commission. Seven letters of interest for potential projects were received. Based on the letters of interest submitted, the Commission is considering developing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to advance potential concepts for rest area projects and transit facility/parking projects.
The submissions can be viewed at the following link: https://www.nh.gov/dot/
Pursuant to RSA 228:109, public comment shall be accepted for 30 days following the publicly noticed hearing on March 23, 2018 by writing to: Public-Private Partnership (P3) Infrastructure Oversight Commission, c/o Kathleen Mulcahey-Hampson, 7 Hazen Drive, P.O. Box 483, Concord, NH 03302-0483 OR emailing to the following address: P3Commission@dot.nh.
Contact: Bill Boynton, Public Information Office, 603-271-6495
NHDOT Hosting Freight Summit and Open House For NH Statewide Freight Plan
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will be hosting an Open House following the Freight Summit for the NH Statewide Freight Plan. The 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.
The Open House will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Community Room at Claremont Community Savings Bank.
At the Open House, interested citizens can learn about and discuss freight issues and trends with industry experts, and provide input on the development of the Freight Plan. The Statewide Freight Plan will be multi-modal; including air, rail, trucking, pipeline and maritime transport. View the meeting flyer.
NH DOT will host the first Statewide Freight Summit in the same location from 12:30 to 3:00 PM. Please view the Summit flyer for additional information.
For more information, visit the project website at https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/freight-plan/
The 10th Annual Concord Community Bicycle Swap – May 19th and 20th 2018
The Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition (CNHBC) is holding the 10th Annual Concord Area Bicycle Swap with the goal of raising thousands of dollars to support bicycle programs and projects in Concord and the surrounding communities. The Bicycle Swap will be held at S&W sports and is a fun event for families and for bicycle riders of all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or donate a bike, you don’t want to miss this event!
Drop off for consignment: anytime between 11am-6pm Weds, and 11am-7pm the Thurs and Fri before the swap.
Drop off for donation: anytime between now and May 18
Sale: May 19th 9am-5pm and May 20th 9am-1pm
Pick up: by Tuesday following the event, bikes and checks not picked up at this time will be donated.
Additional information can be found through the CNHBC webpage.
Warner River Designation Update
The Warner River project has come along way since the public hearing in July 2017. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services officially nominated the river to the Rivers Management and Protection Program. The project is now in the hands of the New Hampshire legislature. Sporting a bill number of SB 445, armed with thirty-four letters of support, multiple sponsors and strong local support, the project flew through a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on January 16th, 2018. Pending a favorable vote in the full senate, SB 445 will appear in the House Resource, Recreation and Development Committee before going to the full house and finally, to the governor.
CNHRPC Brownfields Assessment Program Update
CNHRPC continues to be busy with the 2015 brownfields assessment grant. To date, five sites in Pittsfield, Boscawen, and Bradford have been assessed under the 2015 grant. All of these sites have finished Phase I assessment work and have either completed Phase II work or have developed scopes of work to conduct Phase II work over the next year. In addition to reuse planning for these sites additional properties across the region have been identified as potential sites that will require additional funds for assessment activities. To address this issue CNHRPC applied for an additional $300,000 in brownfield assessment grant funds in an effort to replenish funds spent to date and we are happy to say we have been awarded our second brownfields grant! With this next grant, we hope to do some reuse planning work on our initial sites but for the most part we will look to assess new sites. Please be on the lookout for solicitation letters coming to your community sometime over the next few months as we continue to work towards brownfields revitalization across the region.
New Hampshire State Clean Diesel Program
NHDES will have funds available in the fall of 2017 through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program to help diesel equipment owners in New Hampshire to reduce emissions. This program provides partial funding for local/state governments and businesses to reduce emissions through idle reduction technology, exhaust controls, or replacement of older diesel engines with newer engines. A draft application and additional information on the State Clean Diesel Program is available on NHDES’ Diesel Vehicles website http://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/tps/msp/diesel-vehicles/index.htm. Please contact Elizabeth Strachan Elizabeth.email@example.com for additional information.
Take the Concord Area Transit Survey!
The survey can be access here.
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NH-MS4 Municipalities Blog
This NH Stormwater Regional Coalitions Blog, NH-MS4, is for the New Hampshire Seacoast Stormwater Coalition and the Nashua/Manchester Regional Stormwater Coalition communities, and it is hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Watershed Assistance Section. Please visit this site for meeting information, resources and updates related to New Hampshire MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer, Systems) municipalities.
Commuter Challenge Results
Tiny Houses, and the Not-So-Tiny Questions They Raise
Zoning Practice, November 2015
American Planning Association
Issue Number 11, Practice Tiny Houses
The New Law on Accessory Dwelling Units
Below is NHMA’s four page handout The New Law on Accessory Dwelling Units (click to view). This handout is meant to provide a basic Do’s and Don’ts for the new Accessory Dwelling Unit statue. The last page contains proposed language for a simple zoning amendment that would allow an ADU by right under a local zoning ordinance.
2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems
You may be aware New Hampshire, including the Central NH Region with Merrimack and Hillsborough County communities, is experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. Many communities are beginning to enact water-saving measures in an attempt to retain our precious groundwater which is not being replenished quickly enough. Dry and drought conditions are forecasted to continue for an indeterminate time. The NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has issued the 2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems to bring further attention to this problem and offers solutions to ease the strain on our water supplies. Help do your part by conserving water around your home and encouraging your community to take action. Click to view the current status of drought conditions in New Hampshire by the US Drought Monitor and view US Drought Portal’s outlooks and forecasts for New Hampshire and beyond. For more information on how you can assist, visit the NHDES Drought Management Program website.
CNHRPC Member Communities
Click on the towns below to access that towns official web site.