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 Municipal Law Lecture Series
Please refer to the flyer below (click to enlarge) for a description of 2016 Municipal Law Lecture Series. To make it easier to sign up please use the following link the online workshop registration page: NHMA Municipal Law Lecture Registration
Allenstown Residents! Participate in the planning process for the future of the downtown area!
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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 Public Involvement Plan (PIP)
The CNHRPC Full Commission adopted the CNHRPC PIP at the Annual Full Commission Meeting held on June 9, 2016. CNHRPC has published a Public Involvement Plan that defines the public input process and sets standards to which the planning commission shall adhere by. The plan acts as a guide for CNHRPC and also includes tools for reaching out to the public regarding transportation planning. Any questions can submitted by e-mail to Dean Williams at email@example.com or by phone at (603) 226-6020.
Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) for Community Transportation Launches a Pilot Taxi Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2016
Concord, NH— The Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) for Community Transportation has launched a Pilot Taxi Voucher Program (PTVP) to assist integration of individuals who reside within Merrimack County Department of Corrections (MCDOC) in the town of Boscawen. The PTVP is the first program of this kind in our region and currently is a key to independent living for individuals who can successfully complete the MCDOC Community Release Program.
The MCDOC Community Release Program, as part of their sentencing or probation, requires individuals to do community service, job search and interviews, substance abuse treatments and meetings, group counseling, and other rehabilitative activities for 12 to18 months before their release. The intent of the MCDOC Community Release Program is to provide support during this period so that individuals can successfully complete the program and reintegrate into society. Without transportation, individuals remain disconnected from society, which force them to stay
The PTVP initiative is funded by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities grant. The grant will be administered by Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commissions (CNHRPC), a long term member and supporter of the Mid-State RCC. The amount of $6,000 that is allocated for the pilot TVP was awarded through NH Department of Transportation at an 80% reimbursement rate to purchase transportation services for individuals over the age of 60 and individuals with disabilities. Participants of the MCDOC Community Release Program who fall into these two categories will be eligible to use the TVP service. The MCDOC will be responsible for paying 20% local match for the incurred cost for these services. The transportation services will be provided by D&B Taxi & Currier Services, LLC and Granite State Independent Living, another long term member and partner of the Mid-State RCC. The service will operate Monday through Friday, 6am-6pm, and run until the funds have been fully expanded or June 30, 2017.
“We believe this Mid-State RCC initiative and the collaboration with the partners and supporters will help the participants of the MCDOC Community Release Program achieve their independence” states Larisa Duvelek-Ruggiero, the Regional Mobility Manager of the Mid-State RCC. “We would like to thank New Hampshire Department of Transportation: Bureau of Rail and Transit and our partners for making this project possible.”
The mission of the Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) for Community Transportation is to improve mobility and access for all by coordinating regional and local community transportation services and information in the Mid-State RCC region. The Mid-State RCC is one of the ten regional coordinating councils created by the State Coordinating Council (SCC) for Community transportation in 2010. The SCC was created in 2007 by the New Hampshire legislature with the goal to develop, implement and provide guidance for the coordinated transportation systems with the state. www.midstatercc.org.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Announcement
NHDOT has announced the start of a competitive selection round for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects under the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Projects are to be between $400,000 and $1,000,000 total cost with a minimum 20% local match. Projects can exceed $1 million if other funding sources are added to the project. Communities who are interested must submit a letter of intent to apply for funds between June 1 and July 1, 2016. More information can be found online or by contacting Dean Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 226-6020.
CommuteSmart New Hampshire Statewide Challenge Results
The 2016 CommuteSmart NH Challenge was a success- THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED! In just 5 days (May 16-20), we collectively logged 1,304 miles and 186 trips! Keep racking up those miles!
We would also like to give a special shout out to our winners! Awards were given for the highest number of trips and miles logged for each transportation option (walking, biking, telecommute, rideshare, and public transit).
Biking Trips: Claude, Jeff, and Stephen 3-way tie with 10 trips!
Biking Miles: Stephen with 180 miles!
Walking: David with 10 trips and 10 miles!
Car pool: Kathryn with 4 trips and 160 miles!
Telecommute: Erica with 2 trips and 68 miles!
CNHRPC Brownfields Assessment Program
On May 17th, CNHRPC kicked off its brownfields program with a meeting introducing the three environmental contractors: Credere Associates, Ransom Engineering, and Sanborn Head Associates. The Brownfields Advisory Committee (BAC) also identified three communities in which to begin assessments: Allied Tannery in Boscawen, Woods Woolen Mill in Hillsborough, and a yet-to-be identified site in Pittsfield. It is anticipated that at least three more sites will be identified at the BAC’s next meeting to be held on June 16th. Also at that meeting, selection criteria will be discussed as will site tracking systems. It is the goal of CNHRPC and the BAC to have as many sites being assessed this summer as possible. If you would like more information on the Brownfields Program, or to nominate a site, please visit CNHRPC’s Brownfield Page.
NH Park and Ride Toolkit is Now Available!
The NH Park and Ride Toolkit Report and Factsheet is now available. Please refer to the toolkit’s page for additional information.
CNHRPC Member Communities
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