Better food and gas prices would make this area better.


Southwest Region Planning Commission

Established in 1971, Southwest Region Planning Commission (SWRPC) is a membership organization based in Keene, empowered by state statute to assist the 35 towns of Southwest, New Hampshire with technical planning assistance and coordination on “larger than local issues.”

SWRPC is in the process of developing a regional plan. This initiative, Monadnock Region Future, is an opportunity to examine the connections within and between communities. A regional plan will help communities plan for future public infrastructure investments through an open and transparent process, to support locally identified assets and needs, and ensure that local land use decisions remain local. When completed, the regional plan will serve as a resource communities can use when updating their local Master Plans, if they choose.

For more information on what SWRPC is doing to plan for Monadnock Region Future, please visit or contact Tara Germond at or (603) 357-0557.

Online forum

Click on the green box below to be directed to our Online Map Input Tool.  This Forum is an opportunity for you to identify and share your favorite place(s), area(s) that could be improved, important landmarks, etc.  on a map of the Region.  You are able to  provide comments or suggestions about the areas you identify on the map, view the thoughts and ideas shared by others, and agree/disagree with other's comments.   


Get Involved

We are requesting input from the people who visit, live, and work in the Monadnock Region on what you like best about where you live and what could be better.  Submit your ideas online right now by clicking the following link:  "Share Your Idea"

SWRPC staff is also holding and attending a number of community events to collect input on local thoughts, values, and ideas.  Upcoming events can be viewed to the right or in the Events Calendar (look for entries marked "SWRPC").

What People Are Saying About the Region

What Is Best About The Area

  • “The relatively safe environment in which to raise a family…” – Dublin
  • “The history, the scenery, open spaces, and lots of woodlands.” – Peterborough
  • “Nice place to live and raise a family.” – Walpole
  • “Living and working in my hometown. Community connections are important.” – Keene
  • "The camaraderie, people come together when they are needed.” – Antrim

What Could Make It Better

  • “Better education and schools for young people” – Antrim
  • “Coordination between municipalities for more acknowledgement of interdependency (transportation, water, air)” - Temple
  • “Public Transportation” - Peterborough
  • “More job opportunities” - Keene
  • "More shopping / retail establishments" - Winchester

Event Photos

Photo Above: Community members in downtown Keene share their ideas about what they like best about the Monadnock Region at the Keene Music Festival on September 1, 2012.


 Photo Above: SWRPC's Rebeckah Bullock (right) interviews a Nelson resident at the Town of Nelson Ice Cream Social and Town Band Concert on September 2, 2012.

Granite State Future Survey, SWRPC  and UVLSRPC Oversample Report, Conducted by the UNH Survey Center - July 2013

Regional Community Conversations

May 9, 2013
The Winchester School
85 Parker St., Winchester
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

May 22, 2013
Alstead Town Hall 
9 Main St., Alstead
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

May 28, 2013
Antrim Town Hall
66 Main St., Antrim
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

June 6, 2013
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove St., Peterborough
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 


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