Welcome to the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission.

The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission is one of nineteen organizations operating as a sub-state planning and development agency serving the State of Missouri. The Commission is organized as a voluntary association of local governments, and retains a staff of professionals who work on projects intended to foster improved quality of life throughout the 11 county "Green Hills" region.


  • A 1st Draft copy of the CDBG compliant NEPA review for the Hale Demolition Project has been completed. (04/15/14)

  • Public Hearing Notice: City of Green Castle (04/14/2014)

    The City of Green Castle will hold a public hearing on April 24, 2014, at 6:00 P.M. at the Green Castle City Hall, 24 Front Street, Green Castle, Missouri, to discuss the city's submission of an application for the Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The City is interested in obtaining all citizens' input on community development needs within the city. As part of the hearing process citizens will be asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Needs Assessment document. The document will detail what the residents feels are the strengths and weaknesses of the community. The city needs as much local participation as possible in order to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project application. The State has established a maximum application request for each funding category. Activities that are eligible for funding include the improvement of public works, public facilities, and others allowed by law. No displacement of persons will be proposed.

    The city is proposing a neighborhood development project, which will address the demolition of vacant/dilapidated structures within the city limits. All citizens are encouraged to attend in order to comment on the proposed activities.

    For more information, or if you require special accommodations at the hearing, contact Kathy Clawson, City of Green Castle, 24 Front Street, Green Castle, Missouri, 660-874-4717, or Ann Hamilton at Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, 1104 Main Street, Trenton, MO 660-359-5636 ext. 20.

  • A 1st Draft copy of the CDBG compliant NEPA review for the Chillicothe Demolition Project has been completed. (04/09/14)

  • A 1st Draft copy of the CDBG complaint NEPA review for the Jameons Water Project has been completed. (04/09/14)

  • City of Trenton & Grundy County Residential Collection Event (03/13/2014)

    The Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Trenton, Grundy County, and the North Missouri Solid Waste Management District Region B is sponsoring a solid waste collection event. This event is funded with grants funds from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This is an opportunity for ALL residents of Grundy County to dispose of special waste items banned from landfills. ABSOLUTELY NO business or commercial drop offs, residential only.

    The collection event will be held at 807 East 7th Street, Trenton, Missouri, which is located a half mile east of the Grundy County Courthouse, between 9:00 AM and 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Questions or comments should be directed to Ann Hamilton, District Planner at 660-359-5636 ext 20.

    Tires must have no rims, and be clean and free of debris. Four standard passenger tires per licensed driver accepted at no charge.
    Additional charges are as follows:

    Standard Passenger tires (or smaller) $ 1 each "
    Oversized tires (36" +) $ 4 each "
    Tractor Tires $10 each

    Appliances that will be collected include washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, ovens, microwaves, freezers, refrigerators, air conditioners and hot water heaters. A fee of $5.00 each will be charged.

    Refrigerants will be removed by certified technicians prior to disposal. The District will collect scrap metal free of charge.

    Batteries that will be accepted include household batteries, rechargeable batteries, Cell Phones, Intact Car Batteries and Ink Cartridges (no broken or cracked cases) will be accepted at no charge.


  • Transportation Forums to be Held (03/31/2014)

    Adequate funding for transportation has been a topic of discussion in Missouri for a number of years. At the Missouri Transportation Conference in January, MoDOT Director Dave Nichols warned that funding will continue to drop over the next three years, effectively cutting transportation funding in half from $685 million to $325 million by 2017. As a result, no new transportation projects will be added to the state's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program until additional funding is identified.

    House Joint Resolution 68 and Senate Joint Resolution 48 have been introduced in the state legislature as a way to increase transportation funding and ensure care of the existing system. These resolutions propose a constitutional amendment which:

    *   Imposes a 1cent temporary increase in the state sales tax to be used for      transportation projects. "
    *   Returns 10% of the proceeds to cities and counties for local use. "
    *   Prohibits changes in the gas tax or creation of toll roads without voter      approval.
    *   Must be approved by the voters and resubmitted every ten years for     approval.
    *  Is estimated to raise approximately $700 million statewide for transportation     needs.
    *  Can be used for any type of transportation need - roads, bridges, safety     improvements, airports, bicycle/pedestrian needs, and transit.

    The final portion of these resolutions requires the creation of project lists for each district. MoDOT has chosen to solicit local transportation needs in order to ensure that the most important needs of each region are addressed. Local input is vital in this process. The Green Hills Regional Planning Commission has partnered with MoDOT to host two open house forums in region. All citizens and elected officials of Grundy, Sullivan, Putnam, Harrison, Caldwell, Daviess, Livingston, Linn, Chariton, Carroll and Mercer Counties are cordially invited to attend one of the following sessions:

    Date              Community        Time                        Location

    April 16th       Brookfield          4:00-6:00pm          Linn County Career &                                                                               Tech Center
                                                                                  128 S Pershing Road

    April 18th       Gallatin              4:00-6:00pm          Daviess County Library
                                                                                  306 W Grand St.

    Citizen participation and input is vital in creating a project list which reflects the needs of Northwest Missouri. If you are unable to attend, you may send comments or potential projects via email to Lance Rains ( lance@ghrpc.org ) or Randy Railsback ( randy@ghrpc.org ) or call the Regional Planning Commission office at 660-359-5636.

    Click here to download or print the flyer.


    The City of Bethany is soliciting bids from qualified contractors to perform demolitions within the City limits of Bethany. Davis Bacon or Prevailing Wage DOES NOT APPLY. All demolition work must start within 10 days of bid award and be completed within 60 days of the Notice to Proceed. All hazardous material must be transported a certified landfill. Detailed specifications, general conditions and proposed contracts are available by contacting Ann Hamilton at Green Hills RPC, 1104 Main Street, Trenton, MO 64683, and 660-359-5636 ext. 20.

    The City of Bethany will bid one (1) commercial property which contains two structures for demolition. The city reserves the right to allow for individual house bids should it prove beneficial to the city.

    Contractors must submit the following items with their bid packets in order to be eligible for bid award:

    *   Proof of insurance, or certificate of intent, to include a minimum of      $300,000.00 liability insurance and workmen's compensation (if applicable)     and list the City of Bethany as an additional insured.

    *  Each bid must be accompanied by a bid bond payable to the Owner for five     percent of the total amount of the bid." Performance bond and payment bond     required on contracts exceeding $25,000.

    *  Bidders are informed that the Project is subject to the requirements of     Section 292.675, RSMo, which requires all contractors or subcontractors doing    work on the Project to provide, and require its on-site employees to complete,     a ten (10) hour) course in construction safety and health approved by the     Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") or a similar program     approved by the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations which     is at least as stringent as an approved OSHA program.

    *  Contractor must supply a minimum of three references including all CDBG     projects.

    *  An itemized listing of equipment used to perform demolition activities.

    All bids considered for award will be subject to verification of qualifications. All bid packets must be completed and returned to Bethany City Hall by Wednesday, April 16, 2014, by 10:00 A.M., and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. Bids will be awarded the next Bethany City Council Meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014.

    The City reserves the right to reject or accept any bid or waive any irregularities that would be in the best interest of the City and property owner.

    The City of Bethany is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages minority/women contractors to bid.


    Tour of Properties: Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 1:00 P.M.
    (Meet at City Hall 206 North 16th Street)


    The North Missouri Solid Waste Management District Ė Region B has begun the process of accepting applications for district waste reduction and recycling grant projects within the 11 county Green Hills area.

    Tipping fees imposed on landfills and transfer stations within each districtís solid waste management region generates funds for these district grants.

    Grant proposals must address state and district goals, including waste reduction, reuse, education, recycling and composting projects.

    The Districtís grants committee will review and rank applications to be sent to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for final approval.

    Completed applications, along with any additional information about specific projects should be returned to the North Missouri Solid Waste District, 1104 Main St., Trenton, MO 64683.

    Applications will be accepted on an open cycle basis with ranking done quarterly.

    Applications may be requested by contacting the District office for an application packet at 660-359-5636 or can be downloaded by clicking the following link: Grant Application Form . Please contact Region B Project Manager Ann Hamilton for more information or assistance with project development.

    Applications will be accepted on an open cycle basis with ranking done quarterly.

    Missouri Community Betterment Regional Meeting

    April 23, 2014

    from 10am-3pm

    First Christian Church
    1700 Princeton Road
    Trenton MO 64683

    $12.00 per person- participation fee


    9:30-10 REGISTRATION
    10:45-11:30 COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Tommy Wright, Chief of Police, City of Trenton
    11:30-12 LUNCH
    12-12:45 REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION SERVICES Randy Railsback, GHRPC Executive Director
    12:45-1:30 USDA COMMUNITY GRANTS, Neil Miller Area Director
    2:15-3:00 NURTURING SMALL BUSINESSES IN YOUR COMMUNITY, Annette Weeks, NW Facilitation

    PLEASE RSVP, BY APRIL 18TH by email, jackie@ghrpc.org, or call 660-359-5636 ext. 12

Recent News:

  • MoDOT Approves 20 year Long Range Plan (02/12/14)

    The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved a new long range transportation plan yesterday, but cautioned that without additional resources the Missouri Department of Transportation has very little chance of delivering it. That's because MoDOT revenues - largely tied to state and federal fuel taxes - are falling and MoDOT's available construction budget will soon be well below the $485 million per year that is needed to keep the state system of roads and bridges in the condition they are in today.

    The federally required plan is designed to guide transportation decision making for the next 20 years. It was first presented to the commission in November and has been out for public review for the past three months. The plan, called "A Vision for Missouri's Transportation Future," was developed after an intense seven-month public engagement period that resulted in 12,000 project suggestions and operational priorities.

    Based on the input received, four goal areas were established:

    Take care of the transportation system and services we enjoy today;

    Keep all travelers safe, no matter the mode of transportation;

    Invest in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs; and

    Give Missourians better transportation choices (more viable urban and rural transit, friendlier bike and pedestrian accommodations, improvements in rail, ports and airport operations).

    "Over the past several months, the public told us we got it right," MoDOT Director Dave Nichols said. "Eighty percent of the folks we heard from told us they agree with this vision of transportation in Missouri."

    The biggest change from the draft plan to that approved by the commission was a revised revenue forecast necessitated by uncertainty at the federal level. Previously it was forecast that distribution of federal funds would be flat going forward. Now, it's more likely that Missouri will realize a 19 percent decrease in federal funds. From 2005-2010, MoDOT's annual construction budget was about $1.3 billion. This year it's $685 million and by 2017 it will have fallen to $325 million - the lowest since 1992. The reasons for the funding downturn are many. Fuel tax revenues have become a diminishing revenue stream as cars become more fuel efficient and as people drive less, while the costs of doing business are increasing. Inflation has decreased MoDOT's purchasing power by more than 50 percent. What was 17 cents (state fuel tax per gallon) of purchasing power in 1992 - the last time fuel taxes were increased - is now about eight cents and decreasing each year. The costs of asphalt, concrete and steel are as much as 200 percent more than they were in 1992. And employee healthcare and retirements costs have also steadily risen. The looming insolvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund in August or September is a big reason, too.

    The complete plan can be viewed at www.missourionthemove.org. Hard copies are also available at MoDOT's Central Office in Jefferson City and at the District Offices in St. Joseph, Hannibal, Kansas City, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Sikeston and Springfield. "Transportation is an issue that touches everyone," Commission Chairman Joe Carmichael said. "Missourians have told us what they want, and it's more than what they have today. But the reality is that we will not be able to afford it. We'll continue to look to them for help in sharpening the vision for transportation in our state and finding ways to deal with our funding challenges."

  • Two cities in the Green Hills Region recieve demolition grant funding

    The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has approved $1,584,115.00 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist 13 communities with demolition projects.

    The City of Hale was approved for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $49,250.00 to demolish 10 residential structures that are vacant and dilapidated. The City is committing to $6,000.00 in cash, $4,413.00 in-kind work, and $5,000.00 in property owner fees for a total project of $64,663.00.

    The City of Chillicothe was approved for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $125,000.00 to demolish 41 residential structures that are vacant and dilapidated. The City is committing to $38,839.00 in cash, $46,116.00 in-kind work, and $20,500.00 in property owner fees for a total project of $230,455.00.

    The funds will be used to demolish vacant dilapidated residential structures throughout the community. In addition to demolition activities, funds will pay for asbestos inspection, demolition inspection, asbestos abatement, and administration.

    The grant application was prepared by Green Hills Regional Planning Commission (GHRPC) and the city has pre-selected GHRPC to administrate the program.

    The CDBG Demolition Only program has been very successful in the GHRPC region. Since the program began in 2000, GHRPC has helped 24 communities received CDBG funds to demolish dilapidated structures. Demolition projects remove dilapidated structures to provide space for in-fill housing and remove blight from residential areas. Green Hills Regional Planning Commission provides Community and Economic Development assistance to an 11 county region.

    For more information on demolition projects please contact GHRPC at 660-359-5636.

  • New Green Hills Rural Development Pamphlet Available
    The GHRDI has designed a new pamphlet explaining it's role in economic development and the services it offers. Download your copy here.

    Environmental - Norborne Water
    GUSDA Environmneilman Amendmen

disaster preparedness strategy

Upcoming Meetings

April 16th in Brookfield
April 18th in Gallatin
(see notice left, for details)

Missouri Community Betterment Regional Meeting
April 23, 2014 (see notice, left, for details)

Holiday Closings 2014

January 1 (New Years Day )
January 20 (MLKJ Day)
February 17(Presidents Day)
May 8 (Truman's Birthday observed)
May 26 (Memorial Day)
July 4 (Independance Day)
September 1 (Labor Day)
October 13 (Columbus Day)
November 11 (Veterans Day)
November 27 & 28 (Thanksgiving)
December 25 & 26 (Christmas)


Partner Agencies

U.S. Economic Development Administration

Missouri Office of Administration

Missouri Department of Transportation

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency

Missouri Office of Homeland Security



GHRPC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

GHRPC Annual Report: 2012

GHRPC Transit Study: 2012 Update