Amendments are intended to address major changes to project scopes or costs or that affect air quality conformity. The amendment process also provides an opportunity to process all administrative modifications and information only changes that may have been approved since the previous amendment. Amendments require, at a minimum, a 10-day public comment period, a conformity determination, and subsequent approvals, but may also require a review or update to the air quality analysis. The timeframe to process amendments is likely to be three (3) or more months depending upon the complexity of the changes and the level to which air quality conformity must be considered. To the extent possible, amendments to the TIP will be grouped with other amendments to the State Transportaton Improvement Program (STIP) and processed on a quarterly basis.
Project changes in an MPO area must comply with the provisions of 23 CFR 450.326 pertaining to TIP revisions. Regardless of whether the project change is initiated by the MPO or the NHDOT, the MPO Policy Committee must adopt the amendment to the approved TIP. There must be a public participation process, consistent with the MPO’s public participation plan (Included in the MPO Prospectus), and a public comment period of at least 10 to 30 days, with duration to be established through interagency consultation including the MPO, NHDOT, NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Air Resources Division, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) New Hampshire Division, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region One, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region One. Upon formal endorsement of the amendment at a public MPO meeting, the MPO shall provide a copy of the amendment to the State, FHWA and FTA. Any amendment to the TIP must be accompanied by a corresponding conformity determination by the MPO. That conformity determination, depending upon the discussions through interagency consultation, may or may not require a new air quality analysis.
The State shall incorporate the amendment into the STIP and submit the amended STIP to FHWA/FTA for approval. The NHDOT must demonstrate that the STIP remains financially constrained. Each amendment shall be dated and sequentially numbered. If the amendment consists of only highway projects or only transit projects and no conformity determination is required, the FHWA or FTA may approve the amendment unilaterally otherwise, approval will be by joint letter. The state will forward copies of the approval to the affected MPOs. The MPO will, in turn, notify the affected Transit Operator(s), if transit projects are involved.
The Amendments to the 2019 TIP are listed sequentially below:
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 #4 was approved by the MPO Policy
Committe on 4/11/2018. Subsequently, the decision of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to strike down portions of the 2008 Ozone
NAAQS SIP Requirements Rule has required that the MPO revisit the
changes. In that regard, the MPO is revoking its approval of Amendment
#4 and submitting a revised set of projects for approval that do not
include any changes for projects that would require an Air Quality
Conformity Analysis. A 10-day public comment period for Amendment
#4 to the 2017-2020 TIP began on Monday, May 14th, 2018 and concludesd on Wednesday, May 23th, 2018. A
public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments occurred on Wednesday May 23rd, 2018, beginning at 4:30 PM at the Rockingham Planning Commission offices in Exeter (156 Water Street).
The Commission Executive Committee met after the public hearing and adopted the proposed changes.
30-day public comment period for Amendment #3 to the 2017-2020 TIP was
held from Monday, December 11th, 2017 to Tuesday, January 9th, 2018. A
public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments occurred on Wednesday January 10th, 2017, beginning at 6:30 PM at a Kingston Town Hall (163 Main Street). The proposed amendment was reviewed by MPO Staff and no comments were offered by MPO members or the public.The Planning Commission met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP.
A 10-day public comment period for Amendment 2 to the 2017-2020 TIP was held from Thursday, June 1st, 2017 to Monday, June 12th, 2017. A
public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments occurred on Wednesday July 12th, 2017, beginning at 6:30 PM at the Seabrook
Public Library (25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook). The Planning Commission met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP.
A 10-day public comment period for the Amendments was held from Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 and to Friday, March 3rd, 2017. A public hearing to consider the changes and any received comments occurred Wednesday March 8th, 2017, beginning at 7:00 PM at the Stratham Town Hall (10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham). The Planning Commission will met after the public hearing and adopted the changes to the TIP.