What’s New

Draft 2025-2034 CNHRPC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Draft 2025-2034 CNHRPC Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was approved by the CNHRPC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) at their March 24 meeting, and recommended for consideration for adoption by the CNHRPC Full Commission at their meeting on March 30th.

The TIP is a culmination of work beginning in July of 2022 seeking confirmation of continued support for transportation projects in the current 2023-2032 NHDOT Ten Year Plan, and soliciting new projects for consideration in the upcoming 2025-2034 Ten Year Plan. Several new potential projects were proposed by CNHRPC communities, which were subsequently evaluated scored by the TAC over the course of the summer and fall. These projects and proposed funding allocations are described in the Draft TIP document.

Questions and comments can be directed to Craig Tufts at ctufts@cnhrpc.org or Mike Tardiff at mtardiff@cnhrpc.org, or by reaching us at 603 226 6020.

2025-2034 Draft TIP

Registration Open for the NH OPD Spring 2023 Planning & Zoning Conference on April 29, 2023

The NH Office of Planning and Development (OPD) Spring 2023 Planning and Zoning Conference will be held as a free, full day online conference on Saturday, April 29 from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm. The conference will have five tracks: a Planning Board track, Zoning Board and Adjustment Track, Historic Preservation Track, Housing Track, and Planning Process and Data Track. All conference sessions will be recorded and available on OPD’s YouTube channel following the conference.

For additional conference details including the agenda, which includes details for each session by track, please see the 2023 Planning and Zoning Conference Webpage.

To Register:

Please complete the conference registration form by 4:00 pm on April 26, 2023. Registration is for the conference only. You don’t need to register for individual tracks or sessions. A session chart which includes the Microsoft Teams webinar links for each track/session will be sent via email to all those who complete the conference registration form.

For assistance registering, please email: planning@livefree.nh.gov.

CAPBMCI and RCC Region 3 – 5310 Application

Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (CAPBMCI), in cooperation with the Region 3 Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation, intends to submit an application for funding assistance to provide transportation to seniors and individuals with disabilities pursuant to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program for fiscal years 2024 and 2025.  Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. (CAPBMCI) will request funding for the continued support of the Volunteer Driver Program, Regional Mobility Manager, Mid-State Transit service, the Mid-State Taxi Voucher Program and support of the Town of Tilton Senior Bus and Future In Sight volunteer driver program within the Mid State region. The estimated value of the FTA grant for each fiscal year is $358,500, which represents 80% of the estimated total of the combined programs budget. For more information, or to request a public hearing, please contact Cindy Yanski, Mobility Manager, CAPBMCI at 603-225-1989×1210 or cyanski@capbm.org within thirty (30) days.

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

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.