June 2016
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Announcement
NHDOT has announced the start of a competitive selection round for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects under the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Projects are to be between $400,000 and $1,000,000 total cost with a minimum 20% local match. A total of $5.6 million in federal funds are available. Projects can exceed $1 million if other funding sources are added to the project. Communities who are interested must submit a letter of intent to NHDOT to apply for the funds by July 1, 2016. Full grant applications are anticipated to be due in late summer with funding decisions being made in early 2017.

Technical assistance is available from RPC to help communities scope projects and develop letters of intent. The letters are non-binding, but must include an initial project scope and budget, and a summary of potential impacts on natural and historic resources. For more information about TAP contact Scott Bogle at RPC or visit NHDOT's website.

Rye and Hampton Take the Plunge to CRS.
Since early 2016,  Rye and Hampton have been busy preparing applications to the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) Program. The CRS Program is a voluntary effort undertaken by municipalities to reduce impacts and cost associated with recovery from flood events. The program offers a range of options that include best practices for development in the floodplain for private property and municipal facilities and infrastructure. In return for this effort, properties owners receive a reduction in flood insurance premiums for policies covered under FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program. 

The CRS applications are being led by Kim Reed, Rye Planning and Zoning Administrator, Jason Bachand, Hampton Town Planner and Rayann Dionne, Hampton Conservation Administrator, and Julie LaBranche from RPC is providing technical assistance. Funding for developing the applications was supplied in part through community assistance grants from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP).  
For more information about the project contact Julie LaBranche at RPC.
Accessory Dwelling Units - New State Rules Effective 6/1/2017
In March, Governor Hassan signed Senate Bill 146, NH's Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) law, which takes effect on June 1, 2017. An ADU is defined as a residential living unit within or attached to a single-family swelling and that provides independent living facilities for one or more persons, including procisions for sleeping, eating cooking and sanitation on the same parcel of land as the principal swelling unit.Major components of the new law include specification as to where ADUs must be permitted, limits minimum size requirements to 750 sq. feet, and requires communities allow units to be at least two bedrooms. RPC recommends all communities review existing ADU regulations to ensure compliance with the new law. Resources to help communities comply with the new law are available on the RPC Housing - Accessory Dwelling Units webpage. For additional assistance contact Glenn Greenwood at RPC.

New Population Projections - Coming Soon!

RPC is working NH Office of Energy and Planning (OEP), other regional planning commissions and RLS Demographics to create an updated set of 2040 county and municipal population projects for New Hampshire. The projections utilize the cohort-component projection method to develop a picture of the future population based on OEP and US Census estimates of the current population. The projections are anticipated to be completed at the municipal level during June 2016 and will be posted on the RPC website when completed. The most recent set of official projections are via OEP's Population Projections webpage.  For additional information please visit the RPC Maps and Data - Data webpage or contact Dave Walker at RPC.
Meet the Interns! Meghan Arpino & Andrew Kahr
This summer Meghan and Andrew will be travelling around the region collecting data for RPC's Regional Stream Crossing Assessment, conducting bike/pedestrian counts, and assisting with other various transportation and land use projects. Meghan is finishing up her Master's degree in hydrology at UNH and Andrew will be entering his senior year as a civil engineer major at UNH this fall. If you see Meghan and Andrew out and about in the RPC's green transportation research vehicle this summer stop and say hello!

RPC Targeted Block Grants Available
Assisting communities with local planning projects.
Due 6/15 

Coastal Risks & Hazards Commission
Public Comments Due 6/30

Complete Streets Workshop & Tour
7/8  -  9:00 to Noon
Discover Portsmouth Center
10 Middle Street - Portsmouth

Contact Scott Bogle
for more information.

Design Solutions for Coastal Resilience
Grant Funds Available from NHDES
Proposals Due 7/21


Rockingham Planning Commission
156 Water Street - Exeter, NH 03833
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