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2020-11-23 - Transportation: Update on the State Ten Year Plan Selection Process

The Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the federally-designated transportation planning agency for 27 communities in southeastern New Hampshire. Serving as a regional partnership among the United States Department of Transportation, New Hampshire Department of Transportation and other state agencies, regional transit agencies, community leadership, local planning and public works officials, the business community, and citizens across the planning area, the MPO leads in the development of the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and contributes to ongoing conversations about issues such as land use, economic development, climate change and the environment, safety and security, and public health. The MPO also has a legislatively mandated role in establishing priority projects for the State Ten Year Plan, which weaves between the TIP and LRTP processes. These three documents form the backbone of the transportation planning process in New Hampshire and provide a path for projects to move from concept (LRTP), through project development (State Ten Year Plan), and to implementation (TIP).

The MPO recently selected five candidate projects from the LRTP to be considered for the State Ten Year Plan. At this stage of the process, the projects selected by the MPO have been forwarded to NHDOT for engineering and cost analysis over the next few months. The projects submitted to NHDOT for review were the final section of the East Coast Greenway project across the Hampton Marsh and the rehabilitation or replacement of the Bartlett Bridge in Portsmouth. In addition, safety and capacity improvements are proposed at three intersections; the NH 125/NH 155 intersection in Epping, the NH 27/NH156 intersection in Raymond, and the US 1/NH 111 intersection in North Hampton. The total (inflated) estimated for these five projects is approximately $8.5 million, and it is expected that the NHDOT review will result in cost increases for several of the proposals. The MPO must submit final priorities for this cycle of the State Ten Year Plan by the end of March 2021 and will utilize the feedback from NHDOT to select a set of projects that can best advance transportation planning goals and is constrained to the regional budget target of $6.7 million.

2020-11-13 - NHCAW 2020 King Tide Photo Contest

Vote for your favorite 2020 King Tide entries until December 2, 2020 @ 12pm EST.

The New Hampshire King Tide Contest returns on November 14-17, 2020. The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup invites members of the public to submit photos and videos documenting the higher-than-average tides expected along New Hampshire’s coast. The King Tide Contest aims to enhance public understanding of the possible effects of sea-level rise and help communities visualize and plan for future coastal flooding impacts. For complete contest rules, terms, and conditions, please visit: https://www.nhcaw.org/kingtidenh2020/.



2020-11-10 - RPC Legislative Forum POSTPONED

Regional Resilience, Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The 2020 Rockingham Planning Commission Legislative Forum scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m is POSTPONED. We apologize for the late notice; however, it was necessary due to the illness of one of our key presenters. We will notify you of the rescheduled date for the webinar on Regional Resilience, Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic as soon as possible.

Thank you for your interest in our event. We appreciate your time and look forward to holding the event soon.


You are cordially invited to the 2020 Rockingham Planning Commission Legislative Forum being held Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. We are not meeting in person at Unitil Headquarters as in years past. Instead, we will be presenting a Webinar on Regional Resilience, Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

RPC has assembled a panel of experts to discuss resilience and pandemic planning and lessons learned from our region’s response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Julie LaBranche, RPC Senior Land Use Planner will lead off with a regional overview of community resilience. She will highlight ongoing regional resiliency efforts across a variety of municipal sectors. Theresa Walker, REDC Disaster Response Coordinator will provide examples of local resiliency efforts by municipalities and organizations. Darren Winham, the Town of Exeter’s Economic Development Director, will summarize a multi-faceted response to support “Main Street” business through the COVID-19 lockdown and subsequent recovery. The panel presentations will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and share additional ideas.

Pre-registration for the Zoom webinar is required.

Speakers

Regional Resilience - Julie LaBranche, RPC Senior Planner

Julie has 21 years of planning experience with particular interest in climate change planning which she began while employed by the State of Maryland and as chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program Climate Workgroup (1999-2005). Her work in the region includes assisting communities with: development of Master Plans and policies; zoning ordinances and regulations relating to land use, natural resource protection, climate change, energy, and stormwater management; and integrating land use and transportation planning concepts.

Farms and Local Food Supply – Theresa Walker, REDC Disaster Recovery Coordinator and RPC Consulting Planner

Theresa has worked with the RPC and communities in the region since 1986 on a wide variety of land use and natural resource protection projects. She currently assists the RPC with hazard mitigation planning, water quality and quantity protection planning, and municipal Master Plans. In addition, Theresa works with the Regional Economic Development Center as the Disaster Response Coordinator, assisting municipalities with resiliency and pandemic response planning.

Economics: Main Street Resiliency – Darren Winham, Town of Exeter Economic Development Director

Darren has two decades of economic development experience at the local, state, county and federal levels. Darren is the Economic Development Director for Exeter, NH and owner of DarWin Dynamic Solutions, small economic development consultancy.

2020-10-20 - Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

A Round 1 Request for Proposals (RFP) administered by NHDES through the State Clean Diesel Grant Program opened on October 1st. NHDES will have approximately $750,000 of funding available through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program. This Program provides partial funding for local/state governments and businesses operating in NH to reduce emissions through idle reduction technologies, exhaust controls, and/or replacement of older on- or off-road diesel engines/vehicles/equipment. Round 1 RFP applications will be accepted through November 16 at 4PM. If funding remains, proposals submitted after November 16, but by Tuesday, January 19, 2021 will also be considered.

For more information visit the NH DERA Project webpage: https://www.des.nh.gov/business-and-community/loans-and-grants/dera

2020-10-14 - RPC Seeking Full Time Planner to Join Our Team

The Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) is seeking a full time Regional Planner to join its tightly knit, award-winning team. The RPC region is a vibrant landscape of rural, suburban and urban communities located in southeast New Hampshire just an hour north of Boston, minutes to the New Hampshire beaches and a short trip to the White Mountains. The RPC enjoys a close relationship with its member communities and federal, state and regional partner organizations in the fields of transportation, land use, environmental planning, public health, housing, and economic development.

The ideal candidate will have a background in urban planning at the municipal or regional level, experience with municipal land use boards, elected officials and municipal staff, and a familiarity with transportation and environmental planning. The Regional Planner will provide services directly to municipalities and land use boards and commissions including application and plan review, ordinance and regulation development, master plan preparation and work with other RPC staff on a variety of land use, transportation, economic development and environmental projects. Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable preparing and delivering public presentations. Availability to attend evening meetings is required. The RPC fosters a work environment that encourages continued professional development in an atmosphere that promotes a healthy work/life balance.

Qualifications: A bachelors or master’s degree in Urban or Environmental Planning or a related discipline and at least three to five years of relevant professional work experience, a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Attendance at evening meetings is required. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply, submit a succinct cover letter describing why you should be considered for this position. Include a resume with relevant experience. Submit both documents via email to Annette Pettengill at apettengill@theRPC.org. This position will remain open until filled or the recruitment is cancelled. The RPC is an equal opportunity employer.

2020-10-09 - RPC Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Meeting

October 14, 2020 7:00 pm

The next meeting to the Rockingham Planning Commission/ Metropolitan Planning Organization is Wednesday October 14, 2020 at 7:00PM. This meeting will feature a public hearing on the MPO Public Participation Plan. To accommodate the public hearing we will be using the Webinar feature of Zoom.

Agenda

The link to access the meeting/webinar is provided below.

When: Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: October MPO Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84750685366?pwd=eG1yRXdKVHhWY1VEU1drSjM4dlhsZz09

Passcode: 872547

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +19292056099,,84750685366#,,,,,,0#,,872547# or +13017158592,,84750685366#,,,,,,0#,,872547#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 929 205 6099

Webinar ID: 847 5068 5366

Passcode: 872547

2020-09-21 - 2020 Exeter Household Hazardous Waste Event

October 17, 2020 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Exeter Household Hazardous Waste Collection event has been scheduled for October 17 from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. This event is for residents living in Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, East Kingston, Epping, Seabrook and South Hampton ONLY.

Due to COVID-19, there are several changes in place for this year's event:

  • Preregistration is REQUIRED: Exeter HHW - Registration
  • A user fee of $10 to offset the costs will be collected during online registration (plus Eventbrite fee of $2.24)
  • Please wear a mask and do not exit your vehicle

When you register, you will first fill out a survey letting us know what items you will be dropping off (this is the same survey that was previous collected on paper at the event), then you will follow a link to the Eventbrite event registration where you will select a drop off window of 1 hour and pay the user fee.

For more information, click HERE to view the event flyer.

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.

[Public Notices][Transportation]

2020-07-21 - Project Solicitation for the Long Range Transportation Plan

The Rockingham Planning Commission is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region and, in that regard, is responsible for identifying and addressing transportation service and infrastructure needs at the regional level. This includes the development and maintenance of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) which establishes regional transportation goals and project priorities to meet these goals over the next 20 years. The highest priority projects from the LRTP are submitted to NH DOT as part of the Ten Year Plan (TYP) process and proposals selected for inclusion in that document undergo early preparation work. Once a project in the Ten Year Plan advances to the first four years, it is included in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) where funding is dedicated specifically for design, engineering, and construction.

The Rockingham Planning Commission is updating the list of transportation projects in the Plan and prioritizing projects in to recommend for the next State Ten Year Plan cycle that NHDOT will begin this fall. These updates require community involvement in identifying local transportation issues and needs throughout the region, which are then prioritized and submitted to NHDOT for the Ten Year Plan. Please visit the MPO Project Solicitation and Selection page of the website to review the current process and project lists to ensure that priorities from your community are included.

In that regard, please confirm via email (to transportation@therpc.org) or letter from City Council/Selectboard or Community/Agency Administrator the following by September 1, 2020:

  1. That any project in your community that is currently on the Long Range Plan Project List remains a local priority (please provide any updated information available).
  2. If there are multiple projects listed for your community, please establish the relative priority of each.
  3. Finally, if there are new project proposals to submit for consideration, please complete a Project Application form (hosted by Microsoft Forms). Project forms and guidance can also be accessed by going to the MPO Project Solicitation and Selection page at the following link: http://www.therpc.org/projectselection.
  4. Full details on the project solicitation and selection process are available on the Project Solicitation and Selection page of the RPC website and will be kept updated as we get further into this process.

Please contact Dave Walker (658-0514 or dwalker@thrpc.org) at RPC if you have any questions about the information in this letter or need assistance with project information and submittals. Given the ongoing pandemic, RPC staff will be available for virtual meetings in July and August with interested Town Administrators and other community staff to discuss the process and potential projects. Given the important role of the legislature in the Ten Year Plan process, it is also recommended that you make your local legislators aware of the transportation needs and priorities of your community.

2020-06-19 - Wildcat Transit Public Hearing Notice

Public Hearing Notice: Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 pm. "Due to UNH budget reductions and the conclusion of NHDOT supplemental construction mitigation funding provided by the Little Bay Bridge project, Wildcat Transit will be making service reductions on all routes effective with the planned restart of service for the 2020-21 academic year in late August. Wildcat Transit will reduce service frequencies during both full service (including weekends) and reduced service periods. Visit our website at www.unh.edu/transportation for schedule details." Click this link for more information (PDF).


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