SNHPC undertakes a variety of projects that may not fall directly under one specific specialization, but instead are cross-cutting projects combining land use planning, housing, economic development, and transportation planning, as well as many other planning fields. These include the following:
We are planning for good things in the Millyard, Downtown and Riverfront area! The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) has hired CivicMoxie, a New England-based urban planning and design firm, to lead a team in developing the Manchester Connects Plan for the Downtown, Millyard, and riverfront area. Kicking off in spring 2016, this multimodal transportation and land use plan will address the interests and concerns of the businesses and residents in this vibrant area, and will seek ways to enhance what this area has to offer all of Manchester and the region. The plan is all about connectivity - seeking ways to help people move through and to the area on foot, by bike, car, bus, and train. We'll also be looking at parking and how to connect the events, programs, and vibrant activities around the city to this core area. Funding for the project is provided through the SNHPC's Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) agreement with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NH DOT).
Please contact Sylvia von Aulock if you have questions or wish to get on the project mailing list.
Manchester Connects Public Meeting Presentation - May 24, 2016
Manchester Connects Public Meeting Presentation - July 27, 2016
State of New Hampshire Broadband Data and Development Grant Program Project Summary
The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping Program (NHBMP) is a coordinated, multi-agency initative to inventory and map current and planned broadband coverage available to the state's businesses, educators, and citizens. The program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is part of a national effort to expand broadband access and adoption through improved data collection and broadband planning. It is being managed by the University of New Hampshire's GRANIT (Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer) System, which is hosted at the Complex Systems Research Center and serves as the NH statewide GIS clearinghouse. New Hampshire's nine Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) will collaborate with GRANIT on data collection and verification activities, as well as conduct regional broadband planning activities. The project partners will work in close cooperation with the Director of Broadband Technology at the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. Additional support will be provided by a variety of state agencies, including the Office of Energy and Planning, and the Public Utilities Commission.
The project comprises two components: a two-year broadband availability inventory and mapping effort, and a five year planning initiative. The inventory will rely on service area data collected from the 60-plus public and commercial entities, both landline and wireless (fixed and cellular), that provide broadband services in New Hampshire. This intensive effort will assemble and analyze data on service availability by type and technology from each service provider. Data will also be collected on broadband availability at individual community anchor institutions, including schools, libraries, medical/healthcare locations, public safety offices and state/county/municipal buildings.
The service data will be processed in concert with street address range information and other available data sets to develop state-level broadband availability maps, identifying areas in the state that are well-served by current technologies as well as those that are unserved or underserved. The data will provide an important baseline assessment for New Hampshire, facilitate effective dialog in the state regarding use and demand for broadband services, and will assist the state as it seeks to prioritize infrastructure projects and to build a sustainable broadband framework for the future. In addition, data collected through the mapping project, and not restricted by a non-disclosure agreement, will be provided to the NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission to assist in the development and maintenance of a national broadband availability map.
The planning component of the NHBMP will incorporate the information collected and the momentum generated by the mapping activities into regional broadband plans throughout New Hampshire. This component will utilize tools, procedures, and capabilites housed at each of the RPCS to facilitate and manage the development of broadband stakeholder groups within each region of the state. The stakeholder groups will conduct activities that include identifying and mitigating barriers to broadband services, promoting collaboration with service providers to facilitate deployment and use, collecting and analyzing information on the use and demand for broadband services, and facilitating information sharing between the public and private sectors regarding use of and demand for broadband serivces.
The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping Program comes at a time of many challenges in our state and in our communities, It is an important initiative that provides the state with a significant opportunitiy to address the infrastructure needs of a vibrant economy so vital to maintaining the quality of life of the residents of New Hampshire.
Community Development Finance Authority
From 2000 through 2004, SNHPC participated in a CDFA SEED Grant issued jointly to all nine regional planning commissions across the State of New Hampshire. The projects intent was to generate statewide data pertaining to demographics, housing, income, childcare services, and economic factors. This data was compiled into an online database and map collection. Additionally, each RPC had multiple discretionary projects they could fund on related topics. Some of the products the SNHPC created include the Annual Real Estate Tracking Report, updated GIS data layers including zoning, water lines, and sewer lines, Flash Facts (available at our Community Profiles page), the Manufactured Housing Report, the Hooksett Economic Development Chapter, and updates to the Raymond Subdivision and Site Plan Regulations. For more information visit the NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions website.
Innovative Land Use Controls Guidebook
Innovative Land Use Controls Guidebook is a collaboration between Southern New Hampshire Planning Commissions and other eight regional planning commissions with NH Department of Environmental Services, under the New Hampshire Regional Environmental Planning Program (REPP). The Guidebook is comprised with model ordinances and regulations on a number of innovative land use techniques.
Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP)
The Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is being developed through the NH DOT. CTAP’s purpose is to help communities in the I-93 region plan for future growth. The program was initiated in response to issues raised during the Public Hearing and Public Outreach programs conducted during the Preliminary Engineering phase of the project and was made part of FHWA’s Record of Decision, which is their approval to proceed with the final design for the Salem-Manchester I-93 highway improvement project. The concern that the majority of the communities within the project corridor had was how to deal with and manage the anticipated additional growth that the region will experience as a result of the I-93 Improvements. NHDOT's response is the commitment to a five year comprehensive Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP). This $3.5 million initiative will provide technical assistance to the 26 municipalities impacted by the I-93 project, of which 11 municipalities are within the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission region. CTAP will help these communities meet the wide range of challenges faced in the region, by providing technical assistance and access to tools for innovative land-use planning practices. For more information about I-93 widening project, please visit www.rebuildingI93.com or questions relating to CTAP, please contact David Preece, AICP, Executive Director please contact David Preece, AICP, Executive Director at 669-4664.
Developments of Regional Impact Guidelines
SNHPC developed the Developments of Regional Impact guidelines during several regional roundtable presentations that were attended by community planners, planning staff and planning board members. The guidelines outline the proposal review procedures for developments of regional impact and set standards indicating what may be a regional impact. The list of standards were developed to clarify or set more specific thresholds to the definition provided in New Hampshire RSA 36:55. These standards are meant to serve as guidelines while reviewing proposals and are not absolute.