What’s New

Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting, Volunteers Needed!
Since 2013, CNHRPC has assisted the City of Concord and other communities in the region conduct bicycle and pedestrian traffic counts.  Counts are typically conducted in May and September, and volunteers make up a very important portion of the data collection effort.  If you are interested in volunteering for a count, or if there is a location in your community that you think should be included in the count, please let us know!  CNHRPC and the NH Department of Transportation have been counting car and truck traffic regularly for many years, but the counting of non-motorized users is a new initiative, with CNHRPC taking a leadership role in the state.  In addition to the volume count, it is possible to track other information such as male/female split, rates of helmet usage, the percentage of kids, or whatever else is important to your community.  As the database begins to grow, it will be useful information to help assist transportation and land use decisions.

Flood Smart: Understanding Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance in Your Community
On May 11, Jen Gilbert, Senior Planner at the Office of Energy and Planning and the state’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator, gave a presentation on the NFIP that discussed the role of floodplain management at the state and local level.  Information was presented on the NFIP that included municipality participation, NFIP requirements, flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs), and available online resources. The number of insurance policies, claims, repetitive losses, and effective FIRMS were provided for the Central New Hampshire Region Communities, as well as an overview of new and revised regulations that went into effect this past April.
Concord Area Google Transit
Concord Area Transit fixed route bus service is now on Google Maps! After an extensive amount of work at CNHRPC and Concord Area Transit, CAT fixed route bus service is now on Google Maps! When using Google Maps for directions in the Concord area, there is now the option to get directions via transit. Google will provide up to 3 route options, telling you how to walk to the bus stop, which bus to get on and at what time, how to make any transfers if needed, what stop to get off and how to walk from there to your destination. Google Maps had already offered directions by car, by walking, and by bicycling, and now with transit directions available, all modes of travel are covered. The process involved developing a “general transit feed specification” or GTFS file, which is an assortment of complicated, interlinking spreadsheets that describe the routes, schedules, and all other characteristics of the bus service. After coordinating with Google and going through a long period of testing by CNHRPC and CAT, the service is now up and running.

Central New Hampshire Broadband Plan

The Central NH Broadband Plan describes current broadband availability and demand in the Central NH Region, reviews the State and Federal regulatory framework regarding broadband, discusses barriers and challenges to improved broadband, and outlines potential goals and opportunities.

Central New Hampshire Broadband Plan

CNHRPC Member Communities
Click on the towns below to access that towns official web site.

Central New Hampshire Regional Plan 2015
The CNHRPC has completed the Central New Hampshire Regional Plan 2015 which was adopted in February of 2015. The plan is divided into nine separate chapters and includes two additional appendices. Links to each chapter can be found below.

Cover, Acknowledgments, and Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Regional Story
Chapter 2: Vision
Chapter 3: Implementation
hapter 4: Housing
Chapter 5: Economic Development
Chapter 6: Transportation
Chapter 7: Natural Resources Part One
Chapter 7: Natural Resources Part Two
Chapter 8: Weather Hazards
Chapter 9: Energy
Appendix A: Exisiting Conditions
Appendix B: Housing Data

Central/Southern NH Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The CEDS is a comprehensive economic development strategy for the 20-community CNHRPC region, plus five towns within the Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission region (Bedford, Goffstown, Hooksett, New Boston and Weare). Its purpose is to present various economic and demographic data and to identify common strengths and weaknesses, as well as projects and strategies to strengthen the local economy.  The CEDS was approved by the Full Commission on October 9, 2014.
CEDS Final Document
CEDS Final Appendices