What’s New

Traffic Calming Demonstration Project in Hopkinton Village

A traffic calming demonstration project has been temporarily set up by the Town of Hopkinton. The project is located in Hopkinton Village at the intersection of Main Street (US 202 / NH 9), Hopkinton Road (NH 103) and Briar Hill Road. The demonstration project is a short term installment using removeable materials to help educate road users and Town residents of future planning. It is an effective way of testing planning improvements that can lead to lasting change. The layout eliminates an extra slip lane that is conducive to high speeds and conflicts with oncoming traffic and vehicles turning out of Briar Hill Road. The change also allows for improved pedestrian facilities, crosswalks, and more greenspace. Check it out in a car, on a bike, or on foot during the rest of the month of October. Read more about the project and provide feedback here: Happening in Hopkinton You can also see pictures by clicking here: Photos

2022 EPA Clean Watersheds Needs and NH Stormwater Needs Survey

Help bring funding to New Hampshire for stormwater management! The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2022 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey (CWNS) assesses the capital investment needed to meet the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act. EPA uses the survey results to allocate money to the states through grant and loan programs. This is an opportunity to showcase what significant need there is in New Hampshire for funding stormwater infrastructure and program management! In addition to CWNS, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is leveraging the opportunity to collect additional non-CWNS eligible needs. Data are being collected by Comprehensive Environmental, Inc. on behalf of NHDES Watershed Management Bureau. (CWNS Wastewater data are being collected separately through the NHDES Engineering Wastewater Bureau.) The survey deadline is December 2nd, 2022. To participate and for more information, please visit the NHDES New Hampshire State Stormwater Needs Survey page.

Changes to RSAs Governing Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment Timelines

The NH Legislature has enacted several changes to Planning and Zoning RSAs that will impact how boards conduct business and timelines governing processes. Among these are the duration of time Planning Board’s have to act to deem an application complete and the consequences of missing such deadlines. Please see the summaries provided in the links below:

A description of the changes: https://www.nh.gov/osi/resource-library/legislation/documents/opd-nhma-hb-1661-1021-advisory.pdf 

A table comparing the revised language to the previous language: https://www.nh.gov/osi/resource-library/legislation/documents/hb-1661-summarytable.pdf 

CNHRPC Regional Housing Needs Assessment

CNHRPC is performing a Regional Housing Needs Assessment throughout 2022. The project will look in-depth at the housing needs of our Region in order to develop strategies for local decision makers to enact change. CNHRPC will be working in collaboration with NH Housing, NH Office of Planning and Development, and the eight other regional planning commissions across the state. To learn more about the project and share your thoughts on housing please visit the project page. Central NH Regional Housing Needs Assessment.

In concert with the state and other NH regions, we’re researching data and community ideas, and a key component of this is obtaining local feedback through relevant housing surveys. Results from online surveys will provide us with key anonymous research data to help us report back how housing issues are impacting the Central NH Region communities and what types of strategies are needed. We invite you to fill out one or more of our Regional Housing Surveys to tell us about your housing experiences and needs:

We hope you’ll share your housing successes and challenges with us to help CNHRPC create a framework for positive change.

U.S. Census Bureau Releases 2020 Census Demographic Data Map Viewer

The U.S. Census Bureau has released an interactive data map viewer for a variety of 2020 demographic characteristics. Be sure to zoom in to see county- and tract-level data!
2020 Census Demographic Data Map Viewer

CNHRPC Regional Transportation Plan Corridor Spotlights

As part of the RTP, eight regionally significant corridors throughout the region have been identified to examine closely for key demographic trends, recent and historic land use patterns, and specific transportation projects. Titled Corridor Spotlights, the draft versions of these can be seen below. Also available for viewing is a historical timeline of transportation development within the region. CNHRPC Regional Transportation Plan Draft Documents:

CNHRPC Community Profiles Have Been Updated

The CNHRPC Community Profiles have been updated with newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey data! View them here

CNHRPC Member Communities

Click on the towns below to access that towns official web site.