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2024-02-15 - 2023-2026 TIP Amendment #4

RPC to consider changes to 9 TIP Projects

The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC), as the federally designated Metropolitan Transportation Organization (MPO) for the region, announces its intent to amend the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to account for scope, schedule and cost changes to projects. The TIP is a prioritized list of federal and state funded transportation projects cooperatively developed by NH DOT and representatives RPC communities and currently includes projects with work scheduled from fiscal years 2023 through 2026. This update helps maintain consistency with State project programming documents and the RPC Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Copies of all documents are available on the RPC public engagement portal linked at https://www.publicinput.com/rpc2023tipamendments as well as the RPC website at https://www.therpc.org/TIPAmendments. Copies will also be mailed to interested parties by request.

A public comment period for the Amendments begins Friday February 16, 2024 and concludes on Tuesday, February 27, 2024. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday February 28, 2024, beginning at 4:30 PM at the RPC Offices, 156 Water Street, Exeter. There is an option to participate in the meeting via zoom webinar. Please check the public engagement portal or the RPC website for the most up-to-date information on how to access the meeting. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.

NOTES

  • As of July 20, 2013, all of New Hampshire is unclassifiable/attainment for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (the 2008 ozone standard) and as of April 6, 2015, the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (the 1997 ozone standard) is revoked for all purposes, including transportation conformity purposes in the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE) NH area.
  • Consistent with the RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and CART transit systems.

Comment Period Start Date


February 16, 2024



Comment Period End Date:


February 27, 2024

Public Hearing Date/Time:


February 28, 2024 at 4:30 PM

Public Hearing Location:


RPC Offices, 156 Water Street, Exeter, NH 03833

Zoom Webinar Access:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83879063162?pwd=SUxxNVNxMFV4V1J0K09nOHQvd09pQT09
Webinar ID: 878 9198 4761
Passcode:
624047

Options for Providing Comments

Public Engagement Portal


https://www.publicinput.com/2023TIPAmendments

Email


transportation@therpc.org

Mail:


Rockingham Planning Commission

Attn:David Walker

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

[Public Notices][Transportation]

2024-01-09 - Jan. 10 Legislative Forum Cancelled

RPC's Legislative Forum, which was scheduled for January 10, 2024, has been cancelled.

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2023-10-27 - 2023-2026 TIP Amendment #3

Public Comment Period and Hearing

The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC), as the federally designated Metropolitan Transportation Organization (MPO) for the region, announces its intent to amend the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to account for scope, schedule and cost changes to projects. The TIP is a prioritized list of federal and state funded transportation projects cooperatively developed by NH DOT and representatives RPC communities and currently includes projects with work scheduled from fiscal years 2023 through 2026. This update helps maintain consistency with State project programming documents and the RPC Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). Copies of all documents are available on the RPC public engagement portal linked at https://www.publicinput.com/2021TIP as well as the RPC website at https://www.therpc.org/TIPAmendments. Copies will also be mailed to interested parties by request.

A public comment period for the Amendments begins Friday October 27, 2023 and concludes on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday November 8, 2023, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Stratham Town Offices, 10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham. There is an option to participate in the meeting via zoom webinar. Please check the public engagement portal or the RPC website for the most up-to-date information on how to access the meeting. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.

NOTES

  • As of July 20, 2013, all of New Hampshire is unclassifiable/attainment for the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (the 2008 ozone standard) and as of April 6, 2015, the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (the 1997 ozone standard) is revoked for all purposes, including transportation conformity purposes in the Boston-Manchester-Portsmouth (SE) NH area.
  • Consistent with the RPC’s Public Participation Process, this notice and comment period is also intended to meet FTA requirements for public comment on the programs of transit projects put forward by NHDOT, UNH and the COAST and CART transit systems.

Comment Period Start Date


October 27, 2023



Comment Period End Date:


November 7, 2023

Public Hearing Date/Time:


November 8, 2023 at 6:30 PM

Public Hearing Location:


Stratham Town Offices, 10 Bunker Hill Ave, Stratham, NH

Zoom Webinar Access:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83879063162?pwd=SUxxNVNxMFV4V1J0K09nOHQvd09pQT09
Webinar ID: 838 7906 3162
Passcode:
526831

Options for Providing Comments

Public Engagement Portal


https://www.publicinput.com/2023TIPAmendments

Email


transportation@therpc.org

Mail:


Rockingham Planning Commission

Attn:David Walker

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

[Public Notices][Transportation]

2023-10-23 - Last GACIT Public Hearing in RPC Region is 10/24 - Now With Virtual Option!

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) has scheduled public hearings to receive comments/testimony on transportation projects and priorities included in the draft 2025-2034 Ten Year Plan.


The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT), which is made up of the five Executive Councilors and the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), has scheduled public hearings throughout the state in September and October. The purpose of these Hearings is to receive public comments/testimony on transportation projects and priorities included in the draft 2025-2034 Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan, as recommended by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation to GACIT.

The last hearing in the Rockingham Planning Commission region is on October 24, 2023:

Hampstead Town Offices Meeting Room
11 Main Street,
Hampstead NH
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 7:00 PM



VIRTUAL OPTION
Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer, mobile app or room device
Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 276 361 665 509
Passcode: a2qEAy
Download Teams | Join on the web

Join with a video conferencing device
nhgov@m.webex.com
Video Conference ID: 112 371 878 0
Alternate VTC instructions

Or call in (audio only)
+1 603-931-4944,,589992265# United States, Concord
Phone Conference ID: 589 992 265


Details: GACIT hearing on the draft 2025-2034 Ten Year Plan with Executive Councilor Stevens

2023-10-19 - RPC Is Hiring! We Are Seeking a Transportation/ GIS Analyst to Join Our Team!

TRANSPORTATION – GIS ANALYST (October 19, 2023)

The Rockingham Planning Commission has an immediate opening for a well-qualified and motivated Transportation/GIS Analyst. This is a permanent full-time position responsible for collecting, managing, analyzing and reporting transportation systems data, and also for developing, maintaining and utilizing spatial data and GIS to support transportation and land use planning projects. Data collection responsibilities include transportation system inventories, traffic volumes, land use and land cover data sets and others. GIS related responsibilities include building and maintaining GIS datasets, maps, models, and reports. The person in this position will also assist in the maintenance and utilization of the region’s travel demand model for projecting future traffic conditions and to support air quality analyses.

The successful candidate will be well organized, detail-oriented and have familiarity and interest in a variety of transportation, land use or resource planning subjects and meet these additional qualifications:

  • Be proficient in data management, including compiling, importing, reviewing, editing, and checking GIS, transportation, and other data from a variety of sources;
  • Be effective in analyzing spatial information and communicating that information;
  • Have a keen sense of document composition and aesthetics in documents and map design;
  • Have a strong ability to both work independently and collaboratively and to interact effectively with state, regional and municipal agency staff;
  • Have completed at minimum a bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, engineering, geography, geospatial sciences or other allied technical discipline, as well as proficiency in GIS and data management or analysis;
  • Extensive experience with ESRI ArcGIS (Desktop, Pro);
  • Experience developing ArcGIS Online web maps, dashboards, and surveys;
  • Have a minimum of two years of full-time experience, or equivalent, including workplace experience in using GIS technologies (For the purposes of meeting minimum qualifications, a master’s degree may be counted as one year of required experience.

Why Work for the RPC?

The Rockingham Planning Commission is a regional planning commission and metropolitan planning organization (MPO) covering the seacoast region of New Hampshire, including 27 municipalities. The agency maintains an office in Exeter, New Hampshire, has a full-time staff of 11 and offers a friendly, supportive working environment with competitive salary and benefits. Starting salary for this position will be $55,000 - $65,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience. To be considered, please submit a letter of interest and resume by email to Annette Pettengill, Business Manager, apettengill@therpc.org.

The position will remain open until filled. The Rockingham Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

2023-09-20 - Request for Proposals - NH MPO Safety Action Plans

Proposals due October 13, 2023

The Rockingham Planning Commission, as the lead agency for a US DOT Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Planning Grant, has released a request for proposals to obtain consultant assistance in developing Safety Action Plans for the four New Hampshire MPOs (RPC, SRPC, SNHPC, and NRPC). Safety Action Plans identify roadway safety concerns for communities and regions as well as strategies and projects that can start to address those issues. Having a Safety Action Plan in place is an eligibility requirement for access to SS4A Implementation Grant funding. Development will occur over the next 12-15 months and will result in a Safety Action Plan and related products for each of the New Hampshire MPOs.

More information is available on the RPC SS4A webpage: SS4A Request for Proposals

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2023-09-01 - ​RPC's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event - 10/21 in Exeter

Pre-Registation is Required

The 2023 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event for Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, East Kingston, Epping, Seabrook and South Hampton has been scheduled for October 21, 2023, from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm.

The Rockingham Planning Commission has organized regional HHW serving communities in central Rockingham County New Hampshire since the mid 1980’s. Our program objectives include:

  • Provide convenient options for residents to safely and properly dispose of HHW.
  • Utilize Contractor services in the most cost-effective manner possible.
  • Maximize first-time participants and minimize repeat participants through education efforts.
  • Accept a wide array of HHW while encouraging alternative disposal methods for universal wastes.
  • Discourage actions that lead to unsafe disposal of HHW.
  • This regional collection serves the communities of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, East Kingston, Epping, Seabrook and South Hampton with a combined population of 42,452. The collection is conducted in partnership with the Town of Exeter, whereby the RPC is the organizer and manager of the event and Exeter is fiscal agent, executes the NHDES household hazardous waste grant (which subsidizes the collection), and hosts the event at the Exeter Department of Public Works facility.

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    2023-06-08 - RPC Releases FY 2023/2024 Work Program Highlights

    I had to sum up Fiscal Year 2023 in one word, it’s housing. This year saw the completion of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) and significant investment in planning to support new housing opportunities in New Hampshire. As we close out FY 2023, the RPC staff is looking to capture the momentum of the completed housing needs assessment to advance the regional conversation on housing. Data from the RHNA is supporting conversations and housing opportunity grant work in 15 communities (and counting) around the region. Housing will continue to be a focal point in the coming fiscal year as we integrate cross discipline planning to examine the codependency of transportation, wastewater infrastructure, drinking water and environmental resources in our housing work.

    With more than 35 contract projects in the queue and a budget approaching $1.8M, FY 2024 promises to be one of the busiest years the RPC has seen in decades. The RPC is staffed and ready to meet this challenge as we welcome Victoria Healey and Mikayla Jerominek to the staff as new regional planners.

    Our Budget and Work Program highlights from this past year’s work, a summary of our proposed budget for FY 2024, as well as a look ahead at some of the work we will take on as a region in the upcoming year.

    Tim Roache, RPC Executive Director

    RPC FY 2023/2024 Budget and Work Program Highlights

    2023-03-01 - 2023 Regional Housing Needs Assessment Published

    The housing shortage has become a common topic of conversation across the country. A sharp decline in new home construction over the last 20 years, coupled with changing demographics and economic trends, have caused a housing crunch. New Hampshire is not immune to these shifts. Statewide the population is growing and getting older, the average household size is declining, and the number of available homes is simply not enough to meet the current or future demand.

    While there are no easy answers to the current housing shortage, the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) provides data on housing and demographics so that each municipality can start a conversation about local solutions.

    The complete RHNA Report and Appendix documents are available at the Rockingham Planning Commission website: www.therpc.org/RHNA. If you have any comments or questions about the RHNA you can ask them from this website as well. You will also find a slideshow and video of the presentation to municipal officials held on January 11, 2023 to preview the RHNA.

    2023-01-06 - Draft 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program

    Now in public comment period

    The Rockingham Planning Commission has begun a 30 day public comment period to gather feedback on the draft 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This 30-day public comment period for the TIP and Plan documents began Friday, January 6, 2023 and concludes on Tuesday February 7, 2023. A public hearing to solicit public comment is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at the Stratham Town Offices (10 Bunker Hill Avenue) beginning at 7:00 PM. An option for virtual participation will be made available and the link will be provided prior to the meeting.The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the documents.

    Draft 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program

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