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- New Planning Board Member Training - 5/11
Bike/Walk to Work Week!
Transportation Project Prioritization for the State Ten Year Plan
2015 Land Use Updates
Increased Flood Insurance Premiums Take Effect
Announcements & Upcoming Events

RPC's News & Notes

April 2017

New Planning Board Member Training - 5/11
RPC will be offering a training session for new planning board members on May 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Brentwood Community Center. Come learn about the roles and responsibilities of planning board members from RPC and NH Municipal Association staff. While this training will focus on new members, existing planning board members who would like a refresher are welcome to attend!
 
Registration cost is $20 and light refreshments will be provided. Additional detail and information about how to register will be posted on RPC’s website shortly. For questions, please contact Glenn Greenwood at RPC. 
Bike/Walk to Work Week - 5/15-5/19

May is National Bike Month, and RPC is working with area businesses, municipalities, SRPC and SABR on a slate of activities to encourage Seacoasters to try alternative commutes. The Seacoast’s Annual Bike/Walk to Work Day is Friday May 19. Ride your bike or walk to work and stop in at one of eleven free Commuter Breakfasts around the region. Breakfast locations include Dover, Durham/UNH, Exeter, Kittery, Newmarket, North Hampton, Pease TradePort, Portsmouth, Rye and Stratham.
 
To add some friendly competition, commuteSMARTSeacoast is holding their annual spring Business to Business (B2B) Challenge May 1– 31. Sign up your workplace, and rally your co-workers to bike, walk, carpool, ride transit or telecommute for a day, a few days, or all month.
 
In 2016 over 450 commuters walked or bicycled to one of the breakfast events; and the Corporate Commuter Challenge engaged 20 companies and avoided 3,382 auto miles and 3,281 lbs of CO2. Between 2000 and 2013 the City of Portsmouth actually had one of the largest increases in bicycle commuting in the country, increasing 536% between 2000 and 2013 (U.S. Census, League of American Bicyclists)


For more information on Bike/Walk to Work Day visit: www.seacoastbikes.org/bike-walk-to-work-day.html

Transportation Project Prioritization for State 10 Year Plan
The RPC is in the process of establishing regional transportation project priorities for the State Ten Year Transportation Plan. 169 transportation projects have been identified in the region, including fifteen that are new this year. Of that number, forty-seven are already in construction or in the queue for implementation through the Ten Year Plan or other programs, and another forty-five are either not eligible for federal funding or are not feasible at this time. The remaining seventy-seven projects were prioritized by staff utilizing the established project selection criteria. The Transportation Advisory Committee reviewed and endorsed the draft priority list at the March 23rd, 2017 meeting, and final approval will be sought at the 4/12/17 MPO Meeting (7:00 PM at the REDC Offices in Raymond). Once final approval is given, the priority list will be fiscally constrained and sent to NHDOT for consideration in drafting the next iteration of the State Ten Year Plan.
2015 Land Use Updates
The RPC has started the 2015 land use update. This process uses 1’ aerial imagery acquired by NHDOT in Spring of 2015. By comparing the 2010 land use to the new imagery, the RPC can detect land use changes and update the land use dataset accordingly. For example, if a 2010 classified area was determined to be agriculture but the 2015 imagery shows a residential use, we would update the land use of this area to be residential. Approximately 32% of the RPC region has been processed so far.  After this update is complete we will be able to provide land use acreage by category and the change in growth for each town. For example, in Hampton Falls, we have seen a nearly 8% decrease in active agriculture while an increase of around 3% in residential. The land use dataset is comparable to past land use datasets available in the region. Previous land use datasets are from 1962, 1974, 1998, 2005 and 2010.  This land use dataset is a required input for impervious surface mapping to be done in the future. The updated land use dataset is expected to be completed before the end of the year. RPC's current land use maps are available by municipality on the RPC Maps page.
Increased Flood Insurance Premiums Take Effect
The February 2017 Association of State Floodplain Managers Newsletter contains important information about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In January 2017, FEMA began sending letters to policy holders to inform them how their flood risk is reflected in their insurance premium rates (as required by Section 28, Clear Communication of Risk of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) of 2014). The HFIAA requires a gradual increase in insurance premiums for high flood risk properties over a period of years, rather than immediate full risk increases. The new NFIP policy rates will reflect the true flood risk of a property, particularly for high risk structures located below the base flood elevation. The revenue collected from the increased insurance premiums will help offset claims in high risk flood areas. All policy holders will eventually receive a letter from FEMA upon renewal of their policy to inform them of the new premiums.
Annoucements & Upcoming Events
RPC Commissioners/ MPO Meeting - 4/12 at 6:30
Meeting to be held at the Regional Economic Development Center in Raymond. Agenda is available on RPC's Meetings page.

Registration Now Open! - NH Office of Energy and Planning Spring Conference
4/29/17 in Concord, NH 

Nominations Open for RPC's Hayden and Quinlan Awards for 2017
 The RPC is accepting nominations for the James Hayden and Daniel Quinlan Awards for 2017. These awards are open annually and awarded to recognize individuals and organizations who have made important contributions to their communities and the region in one of two areas: natural resource conservation, and inter municipal cooperation and collaboration. For details and the nomination form visit the RPC News page.
 
Call for Summer Interns - 2 Positions Available. Applications are due by 4/18/17. For details please visit the RPC Employment page

 
Rockingham Planning Commission
156 Water Street - Exeter, NH 03833
603-778-0885 - email@rpc-nh.org
www.rpc-nh.org


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