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2020-09-01 - Public Comment Period for MPO Public Participation Plan Update

The Rockingham Planning Commission announces the release for public comment of a draft update to the agency’s Public Participation Plan (PPP). This plan sets out the policies, goals and approaches for public participation as part of transportation planning activities conducted by the Rockingham Planning Commission.

A 45-day public comment period for the Draft Public Participation Plan begins Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 and concludes on Friday, October 16th, 2020. A public hearing to consider the updated plan and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday October 14th, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM and held virtually given public meeting restrictions due to COVID19. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to vote on adoption of the Public Participation Plan.

Link for Public Hearing and Plan Review: https://publicinput.com/2020PPPUpdate.

View the Draft Document: MPO Public Participation Plan - Draft August 2020

The Rockingham Planning Commission is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) serving twenty-seven (27) communities in southeastern New Hampshire. The core role of the MPO is to ensure local input in the planning and programming of federally funded transportation projects. As part of this role, the MPO is required to implement a proactive public participation process that provides complete information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and early and continuing participation of the public in developing plans.

Hard copies of the document are available at the RPC offices and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through close of business on October 16th, 2020 and may be provided through the publicInput.com link above or in email or hard copy addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: sbogle@therpc.org with Public Participation Plan in the subject line.

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2020-05-01 - RPC Opens Public Comment Period for 2019 TIP, Amendment #4

Virtual Public Hearing Scheduled for May 13, 2020

A 10-day public comment period for Amendment #4 to the 2019 TIP begins Saturday, May 2, 2020 and concludes on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Due to the State of Emergency declared by Governor Sununu as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Emergency Order #12 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-08, following the public comment period, a virtual public hearing to review comments and solicit any final feedback regarding Amendment #4 to the TIP and Plan has been scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday May 13, 2020. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to consider and adopt the revisions. The Chair of the RPC has found that, due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor, RPC is authorized to meet electronically. Please note that, pursuant to the Governor’s Emergency Order, there is no physical location to participate in this meeting. RPC is engaging commissioners via a Zoom virtual meeting while the general public can participate via the RPC public engagement portal. Further information is available in the public engagement portal and on the TIP Amendments page of the RPC website.

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2020-03-25 - New Hampshire Municipal Association Gives Update on Public Meetings During COVID-19 Crisis

Updated March 24, 2020

From the New Hampshire Municipal Association: "Due to concerns about Covid-19, many municipalities have asked how their public bodies may continue to conduct board business while also complying with Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #16 prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, and CDC guidance on social distancing and minimization of in-person interactions. “Social distancing” means “remaining out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.” In many municipalities, it will be difficult to ensure that any board meeting does not result in a gathering of 10 or more people and even more difficult to find appropriate space which allows for maintaining social distance and avoiding close contact with members of the public during public meetings. Nevertheless, municipal boards must meet to ensure that local government keeps functioning." To read more, CLICK HERE (PDF).


You can also visit the NH Municipal Association's website for more information: https://www.nhmunicipal.org/covid-19-resources

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2020-03-16 - Compliance with NH's Right to Know Law in Light of COVID-19 Concerns and Issuance of Executive Order

Memorandum from Governor Sununu and Attorney General MacDonald (PDF)

Click the above link to read a memorandum from the Governor and Attorney General in regards to Compliance with New Hampshire's Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A) in light of COVID-19 Concerns and issuance of Executive Order 2020-04.


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2020-01-28 - 2019 TIP Amendment #3 Proposed

15 Day Comment Period begins 01/28/2020

A 15-day public comment period for Amendment 3 to the 2019 TIP begins Tuesday, January 28, 2020 and concludes on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday February 12, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Kingston Community Library (56 Church Street, Kingston). The Planning Commission will met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP. Amendment #3 considers changes to four regional projects and thirteen statewide projects and programs. Full details are found on the TIP Amendments page of the website that is linked below.2019 TIP Amendment #3 Details

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2019-11-11 - 2019 TIP Amendment #2 Proposed

30 Day comment period begins 11/11/19

A 30-day public comment period for Amendment 2 to the 2019 TIP begins Monday, November 11, 2019 and concludes on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday December 11, 2019, beginning at 4:30 PM at the RPC Offices (156 Water Street, Exeter). The Planning Commission Executive Committee will met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP. Amendment #2 considers changes to six regional projects and three statewide projects and programs. Full details are found on the TIP Amendments page of the website that is linked below.2019 TIP Amendment #2 Details

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2019-06-10 - 2019 TIP Amendment #1 Proposed

30 Day comment period and public hearing

A 30-day public comment period for Amendment 1 to the 2019 TIP begins Monday, June 10, 2019 and concludes on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday July 10, 2019, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Hampstead Town Hall (11 Main Street, Hampstead). The Planning Commission will met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP. Amendment #1 considers changes to four statewide projects and programs and full details are found on the TIP Amendments page of the website that is linked below.

2019 TIP Amendment #1 Details

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2019-01-14 - Notice of 30 Day Comment Period and Public Hearing

2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program and 2045 Plan

Notice of Comment Period and Public Hearing for the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan)

The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) announces its intent to adopt two documents:

  • The 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). This document is developed by RPC, regional transit agencies, and NH Department of Transportation and includes a prioritized list of transportation projects to be implemented over the next four years
  • The Amended 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (Plan). The Plan is a document developed by the RPC that includes a set of transportation projects that can reasonably be expected to be constructed within the region over the next 20+ years.

A 30-day public comment period for the TIP and Plan documents begins Monday, January 14th, 2019 and concludes on Tuesday February 12th, 2019. A public hearing to solicit public comment is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, at the Kingston Community Library in Kingston, New Hampshire (2 Library Lane) beginning at 7:00 PM. The Planning Commission will meet after the public hearing to adopt the documents.

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.

Copies of the TIP and Plan, will be available the offices of the Rockingham Planning Commission offices, on the RPC website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Comments on the draft TIP and Plan can be submitted via the MPO’s public involvement site located at https://www.publicinput.com/3706. Alternatively, mailed and e-mailed comments will also be accepted through February 12th, 2019 until 4:00 PM and may be addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: transportation@rpc-nh.org with 2017-2020 TIP/Plan in the subject line

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2018-11-05 - Regional Impact Subcommittee will meet to discuss Lonza Expansion at Pease Tradeport

The Regional Impact Subcommittee of the Rockingham Planning Commission will meet at 4:00 PM on November 5th at the Exeter Public Library to discuss the proposed expansion of Lonza facilities at the Pease Tradeport as per the NH RSA 36:54-58 established process. As explained in RSA 36:54-58, a determination of regional impact affords the abutting communities and the regional planning commission the status of abutter. It is also an opportunity to broaden the scope of review and in doing so, gain additional input and technical support in the review of large, complex development proposals and evaluate potential effects on inter-municipal agreements. During this meeting, the subcommittee will hear a presentation on the proposal, as well as concerns from abutters and the general public. RPC will provide findings from the review and the meeting to the host community to aid in its review of the project. Further RPC guidance can be found on the RPC Regional Impacts webpage.

Agenda - 11/5/2018 Developments of Regional Impact Subcommittee


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2018-05-14 - 10 Day Comment Period and Hearing for Revised 2017-2020 TIP Amendment #4

The FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a prioritized list of federal and state funded regional transportation projects developed by NH DOT and representatives from the communities of the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) region. To comply with Federal Highway Administration guidance regarding a recent court decision on the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard, the RPC announces its intent to amend the TIP to revoke Amendment #4 as adopted on April 11th, 2018. The MPO will then reapprove Amendment #4 omitting changes to projects that would require the MPO to conduct a full air quality conformity analysis. In this instance, this will require that project 29608 (Epping) not be considered as part of the proposed changes. These revisions will account for project changes and maintain consistency with the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To maintain consistency between the TIP and the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), the project list of the LRTP will be updated in conjunction with the changes to the TIP. The project specific changes to the TIP and supporting documentation can be found on the Rockingham Planning Commission website at http://www.rpc-nh.org.

A 10-day public comment period for the Amendments begins Monday, May 14th, 2018 and concludes on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments is scheduled for Wednesday May 23rd, 2018, beginning at 5:30 PM at the RPC Offices (156 Water St, Exeter). The Planning Commission Executive Committee will meet after the public hearing to adopt the changes to the TIP.

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.

Copies of all documents are available at the RPC offices, on the website at http://www.rpc-nh.org, and will be sent to interested parties by request. Written comments will also be accepted through May 23rd, 2018 and may be addressed to:

Rockingham Planning Commission

156 Water Street

Exeter, NH 03833

Email: transportation@rpc-nh.org with TIP/Plan amendments in the subject line

For more information contact David Walker at (603) 778-0885.

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