Glossary of Terms / Acronyms

 

3C

Continuing, Comprehensive and Cooperative Transportation Planning Process

A-95

One of a series of Office Of Management and Budget (OMB) “circulars” or regulations dealing with the review of federal grant applications at various levels of government.  Suspended in 1987 and left to states to set procedures.  NH equivalent:  Intergovernmental Review Process - Single Point of Contact

AADT

Annual Average Daily Traffic

AASHTO

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

ADT

Average Daily Traffic/Trips

ADT

Average Daily Traffic

APA

American Planning Association:  National organization for professional and lay planners

APTA

American Public Transport Association

BFA

Bicycle Federation of America

BMPs

Best Management Practices:  A structural design, process control or administrative practice adopted to minimize environmental risk.

CAAA

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

CDBG

Community Development Block Grant:  HUD sponsored program of three elements with principal benefit to low and moderate income individuals -- “Entitlement” (cities over 50,000), “Small Cities”, and “Economic Development”.

CED

Greater Nashua Center for Economic Development

CERCLA

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act:  created EPA’s “Superfund” program.

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CIP

Capital Improvement(s) Plan or Program

CIRCUIT RIDER

NRPC staff member serving as town planner part-time (from a few hours/month to two days/week)

CMAQ

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funding Program

CNHRPC

Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission

CO 

Carbon Monoxide

COG

Council of Governments

CORD

New Hampshire Council on Resources and Development:  Made up of Commissioners of State Departments dealing with natural resource issues.

CTPP

Census Transportation Planning Package

DES

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

DOT

New Hampshire Department of Transportation

DRA

New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration

DRED

New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development

EPA

US Environmental Protection Agency:  New England States in EPA Region I

FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Administration

FHWA

Federal Highway Administration

FIRM

Flood Insurance Rate Map

FmHA

Farmers Home Administration

FTA

Federal Transit Administration

FY

Fiscal Year

G&C

Governor and Executive Council

GACIT

Governors Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation

GIS

Geographic Information System:  Both hardware and software for storing locational information and preparing maps.

HCCD

Hillsborough County Conservation District

HCM

Highway Capacity Manual

HCRD

Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds

HDC

Historic District Commission

HHW

Household Hazardous Waste

HPMS

Highway Performance Monitoring System

HUD

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

ICMA

International City Management Association

ISTEA

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act

ITE

Institute of Transportation Engineers

LAB

League of American Bicyclists

LEDPA

Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative

LOB

Legislative Office Building

LRPC

Lakes Region Planning Commission

LUST

Leaking Underground Storage Tank

LWCF

Land and Water Conservation Fund:  US Department of the Interior.

MBE

Minority Business Enterprise

MINUTP

Microcomputer Based Software for the Urban Transportation Planning System

MPO

Metropolitan Planning Organization

NARC

National Association of Regional Councils

NCC

North Country Council

NEARC

New England Association of Regional Councils

NH DES

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

NH DOT

New Hampshire Department of Transportation

NH HFA

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

NH OEP

New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning

NHACC

New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions

NHARD

New Hampshire Air Resources Division

NHDHR

New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

NHMA

New Hampshire Municipal Association

NHPA

New Hampshire Planners Association

NHS

National Highway System

NPL

National Priorities List:  List of over 980 hazardous waste sites across the country eligible for “superfund” trust funds

NPS

National Park Service

NPS

Nonpoint Pollution Source

NRCS

Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly SCS)

NRPC

Nashua Regional Planning Commission

NTI

National Transit Institute

O-D SURVEY

Origin-Destination Survey:  A procedure used to obtain data on travel patterns throughout a study area.

PL FUNDS

Transportation Planning Funds Allocated to the MPOs

PMS

Pavement Management System

PMSA

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area:  Census term for an urbanized area with a population of greater than 100,000 exhibiting strong socio-economic ties.  Our PMSA = NRPC region plus New Ipswich, Greenville and Mason, minus Pelham (Lowell) and Lyndeborough (unattached).  Also part of Boston, MA CMSA (Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area).

PUC

Public Utilities Commission

PUD

Planned Unit Development (also PRD, Cluster, Open Space Development)

RCRA

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

RPAs

Regional Planning Agencies or RPCs - Regional Planning Commissions

RPC

Rockingham Planning Commission

RSA

Revised Statutes Annotated (New Hampshire body of laws)

RSMS

Road Surface Management System

SARA

Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act:  Under Title III, local governments required to inventory and report on locations of hazardous materials.

SHPO

State Historic Preservation Office (NH Division of Historical Resources)

SIP

State Implementation Plan for Air Quality Attainment

SNHPC

Southern NH Planning Commission

SPNHF

Society for the Protection of NH Forests

SPR

State Planning and Research transportation funds

SRPC

Strafford or Southwest Regional Planning Commission

STIP

State Transportation Improvement Program

STP

Surface Transportation Program

TAZ

Traffic Analysis Zone

TDD

Transportation Development District

TDM

Transportation Demand Management

TDR

Transfer of Development Rights

TIP

Transportation Improvement Program

TMA

Transportation Management Association

TRAF-NETSIM

Microcomputer Based Software for Urban Area Traffic Simulation

TRB

Transportation Research Board

TSM

Transportation Systems Management Actions

TTAC

Transportation Technical Advisory Committee

UPWP

Unified Planning Work Program

USGS

US Geological Survey

USTs

Underground Storage Tanks

UTA

Urban Trails Alliance of Nashua

UVLSRPC

Upper Valley-Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission

WBE

Woman Business Enterprise

WHPA

Wellhead Protection Area:  Area of land surface surrounding public wells managed to minimize risk of groundwater contamination.

WSPCD

Water Supply and Pollution Control Division:  Agency of the NH Department of Environmental Services.

ZBA

Zoning Board of Adjustment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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