Volunteer Today: Ready Rides

Volunteer Today: Ready Rides

Through our series, “Volunteer Today,” Strafford Regional Planning Commission will be highlighting various volunteer programs in the region you can… Read More »

Strafford Regional Planning Commission Commutes Smart

Strafford Regional Planning Commission Commutes Smart

  This past May, Strafford Regional Planning Commission staff participated in the Commute Smart B2B Challenge, which encourages participating companies… Read More »

SRPC honors LCHIP with annual excellence award

SRPC honors LCHIP with annual excellence award

At the 2017 Strafford Regional Planning Commission Annual Meeting Executive Director Cynthia Copeland presented the Land and Community Heritage Investment… Read More »

Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22, and around the globe, people will take part in activities meant not only… Read More »

5 Essential Questions to Write a Great Performance Measure

5 Essential Questions to Write a Great Performance Measure

  What are Performance Measures and why are we hearing about them in transportation planning these days? Strafford Metropolitan Planning… Read More »

Implementation Update: Local Solutions for the Strafford Region

Implementation Update: Local Solutions for the Strafford Region

Five years ago, Strafford Regional Planning staff were handed an essential responsibility, a task that would require synergy, outreach, research,… Read More »

“The Best Presentations in Life…Are Short”

“The Best Presentations in Life…Are Short”

It’s not always easy to give a presentation to a large crowd. In fact, there’s often a variety of challenges… Read More »

“Tides, Camera, Action!”

“Tides, Camera, Action!”

  In Mid-October citizens from around the Seacoast took to the streets in an attempt to snap the perfect picture… Read More »

Using Interactive Technology to Reach New Audiences

Using Interactive Technology to Reach New Audiences

From sleek to boxy, shiny new electric vehicles lined the rows of the Pettee Brook Parking Lot for Durham’s first… Read More »

Eating local in the Strafford region

Eating local in the Strafford region

On any given Wednesday in the summer I shut down my computer at 5 pm, hop in the car for… Read More »

SRPC Bestows Annual Award to the University of New Hampshire Campus Planning Department

SRPC Bestows Annual Award to the University of New Hampshire Campus Planning Department

At the 2016 Strafford Regional Planning Commission Annual Meeting Executive Director Cynthia Copeland presented the University of New Hampshire Campus Planning… Read More »

SRPC’s Adventures in the Nation’s Capital

SRPC's Adventures in the Nation's Capital

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to work with planners from across the country to evaluate the merit of… Read More »

Strava and Bike Use in the Strafford Region

Strava and Bike Use in the Strafford Region

During the bitter cold of a New Hampshire winter, one thing is on all our minds… Bicycling. Okay, maybe not… Read More »

Net Metering in the State of New Hampshire

Net Metering in the State of New Hampshire

In the past ten years residential energy prices have increased by close to 10% (US Energy Information Administration) and electric… Read More »

Conversations on Climate Change

Conversations on Climate Change

For the next two weeks many of our world’s leaders will gather in Paris to create a global pact that… Read More »

Insight into the Newington-Dover Bridge Project on the Spaulding Turnpike

Insight into the Newington-Dover Bridge Project on the Spaulding Turnpike

This blog includes a brief overview of the many phases of the Newington-Dover Bridge Project on the Spaulding Turnpike. This… Read More »

Chatting ‘Transit’ at the 2015 Tri-State Transit Conference

Chatting 'Transit' at the 2015 Tri-State Transit Conference

Earlier this month, stakeholders and key decision-makers from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine got together to discuss issues, share ideas,… Read More »

Green Infrastructure Success Stories

Green Infrastructure Success Stories

In 2014, Strafford Regional Planning Commission received funding from the UNH Stormwater Center to conduct outreach and planning relative to… Read More »

Broadband 2015: The Connection to New Hampshire’s Future

Broadband 2015: The Connection to New Hampshire's Future

Beginning in 2010, Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) staff began working on the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program… Read More »

SRPC Wins B2B Challenge with ‘Most Sustainable Trips’

SRPC Wins B2B Challenge with 'Most Sustainable Trips'

According to research from the 2014 National Household Travel Survey, 75.7% of U.S. commuters drive alone. The other 24.3% carpool,… Read More »

Granite State Clean Cities Electric Vehicles Presentation

Granite State Clean Cities Electric Vehicles Presentation

Granite State Clean Cities Meeting June 11, 2015 From the humble Nissan Leaf to the sporty Tesla Model S, electric… Read More »

SRPC Awards Strafford Economic Development Corporation of New Hampshire with ‘Annual Excellence Award’

SRPC Awards Strafford Economic Development Corporation of New Hampshire with 'Annual Excellence Award'

2015 Excellence Award Strafford Regional Planning Commission Annual Meeting May 28, 2015 Many times it is the quiet entity who… Read More »

Walk Score and Your Community

Walk Score and Your Community

Walk Score was founded in 2007 to promote walkable neighborhoods and to make it easier for individuals to evaluate walkability… Read More »

Analyzing Bicycle Travel with GIS

Analyzing Bicycle Travel with GIS

Bicycling provides a number of health and cost benefits to the rider and is becoming increasingly prevalent as an alternative… Read More »

“Toward a More Walkable Portsmouth”

"Toward a More Walkable Portsmouth”

On January 22, SRPC Regional Planners Natasha Leuchanka and Liz Durfee attended the Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century… Read More »

“Smart” Alternatives for Seacoast Commuters

"Smart" Alternatives for Seacoast Commuters

CommuteSMART Seacoast is an organization on a mission to connect alternative transportation options and seacoast commuters. Commute SMART is a… Read More »

SRPC Attends Granite State Clean Cities Meeting

SRPC Attends Granite State Clean Cities Meeting

On December 2nd the Granite State Clean Cities Coalition held their end of the year stakeholder meeting at the NHDES… Read More »

Merge between Southeast Land Trust and Strafford Rivers Conservancy

Merge between Southeast Land Trust and Strafford Rivers Conservancy

Eight-four percent of New Hampshire is forested according to the The Economic Importance of New Hampshire’s Forest-Based Economy 2013. This… Read More »

NH DES Releases Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study Final Report

NH DES Releases Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study Final Report

  On July 1st the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services released the Great Bay Nitrogen Non-Point Source Study Final… Read More »

SRPC Honors Volunteerism in the Region

SRPC Honors Volunteerism in the Region

Among a crowd of friends and colleagues, Tom Crosby of Madbury, John Hotchkiss of Middleton, and Wallace Dunham of Madbury… Read More »

NH Broadband Conference A Success!

NH Broadband Conference A Success!

On Friday May 16th the NH Broadband Conference was held at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH. The purpose of… Read More »

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in the Strafford Region

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in the Strafford Region

The U.S. Green Building Council was established in 1993. The goal of this organization was to promote sustainability in the… Read More »

Telling Our Story

Telling Our Story

As a regional planning commission we have a strong sense of what makes the Strafford Region unique. This is helpful… Read More »

Release of DRAFT Strafford Regional Broadband Plan

Release of DRAFT Strafford Regional Broadband Plan

Strafford Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce that they have released their DRAFT Regional Broadband Plan. This effort, an… Read More »

Food Culture in New Hampshire’s Seacoast

Food Culture in New Hampshire’s Seacoast

Food Culture in New Hampshire’s Seacoast On Wednesday February 19, 2014 Chef Evan Hennessey of Stages in Dover, and Evan… Read More »

Middleton Community Protects Town History

Middleton Community Protects Town History

If it’s one thing the residents of Middleton are protective of, it is their Town’s history. This was made evident… Read More »

Good News for the Isinglass and Salmon Falls Rivers

Good News for the Isinglass and Salmon Falls Rivers

The NH Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program recently awarded funding to nine projects across the state. Two… Read More »

Cohousing & the Aging Population in the Granite State

Cohousing & the Aging Population in the Granite State

  *Chart taken from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies Navigating Housing’s Future NHHFA presentation This change in population by age… Read More »

SRPC Congratulates LCHIP Grant Awardees

SRPC Congratulates LCHIP Grant Awardees

SRPC is proud to share that six regional projects are receiving funds from the LCHIP grant program. Overall 39 projects… Read More »

Honoring Councilor Ray Burton

Honoring Councilor Ray Burton

 Photo Courtesy of Valley News Strafford Regional Planning Commission would like to express their appreciation for the life and work… Read More »

The Shaw Brothers: NH Legends

The Shaw Brothers: NH Legends

At the October 16, 2013 NH Executive Council meeting, The Shaw Brothers were invited to perform several songs including their well… Read More »

Dover Apple Harvest 2013

Dover Apple Harvest 2013

Fall is in the air, and with it all the fun activities that come with this time of year. Apple… Read More »

Broadband Center of Excellence Conference

Broadband Center of Excellence Conference

Community leaders from around the state gathered at UNH yesterday for the launching of the BCoE, or Broadband Center of… Read More »

NH Northcoast TIGER Grant Announcement

NH Northcoast TIGER Grant Announcement

Last Friday, September 6, 2013 a $1.4 million dollar Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant was awarded for NH… Read More »

Green Initiatives in the Strafford Region

Green Initiatives in the Strafford Region

Strafford Regional Planning Commission met with Project Director of the Green Launching Pad last week at the Peter T. Paul… Read More »

Climate Change Bus Tour – Portsmouth, NH

Climate Change Bus Tour - Portsmouth, NH

Last Tuesday (August 13), the South Mill Pond in Portsmouth was the site of the 21-state “I Will Act on… Read More »

Bringing Back the Beanhole Bash

Bringing Back the Beanhole Bash

For the first time in over 16 years the Town of Northwood brought back its annual Beanhole Bash. This event,… Read More »

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $1.9 Million in City of Rochester

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $1.9 Million in City of Rochester

Wednesday, July 3rd marked a significant milestone for the City of Rochester as Senator Shaheen announced that the City would… Read More »

A Great Day for Great Bay

A Great Day for Great Bay

On Thursday, July 11th, 2013 Great Bay Community College (GBCC) held a Grand Opening for it’s second campus located in the Lilac… Read More »

SRPC Outreach at the Middleton Yard and Craft Sale

SRPC Outreach at the Middleton Yard and Craft Sale

On Saturday June 22, 2013 SRPC staff attended the Middleton Yard and Craft Sale in an effort to talk with… Read More »

A Sight to See on Route 16

A Sight to See on Route 16

New Hampshire Route 16 is a 149.5 mile north to south highway linking the Seacoast, Lakes region, and White Mountains…. Read More »

The Flume Makes an Appearance at the River Workshop in Farmington

The Flume Makes an Appearance at the River Workshop in Farmington

Last Wednesday (June 19th) at the Farmington Town office, SRPC partnered up with the Cocheco River Local Advisory Committee to… Read More »

SRPC’s Bob Jaffin: Gardener Extraordinaire

SRPC's Bob Jaffin: Gardener Extraordinaire

Bob Jaffin, SRPC Commissioner, is a man of many talents. Not only is he a professor teaching multiple online classes,… Read More »

City of Somersworth – 2013 Award Winner

City of Somersworth - 2013 Award Winner

The 2013 Excellence in Planning Award is given to the City of Somersworth.  It is easy to smile when thinking… Read More »

SRPC Annual Meeting A Success

SRPC Annual Meeting A Success

On Thursday May 30, we hosted our Annual Meeting at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester. With over 45 attendees, the… Read More »

Newmarket Updates Master Plan Existing Land Use Chapter

Newmarket Updates Master Plan Existing Land Use Chapter

In a collaborative effort between a designated Newmarket Master Plan subcommittee and the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, this spring an… Read More »

It’s Culvert Season

Photo Credit: J. Gittes

Despite the vast knowledge and awareness of rivers and their issues, stream crossings continue to challenge public works and highway… Read More »

Bike to Work Day 2013 – Ruling the Road

Bike to Work Day 2013 - Ruling the Road

May 13th marked the kick-off for this year’s Bike Walk to Work Week, which encouraged workers in the Seacoast area… Read More »

Strafford Region Surveys

Strafford Region Surveys

Master Plans, Regional Master Plans, Vision statements. These guiding documents are how many municipalities determine their future. But how is… Read More »