NH OEP offers technical bulletins, handbooks, the Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Guide and Flood Lines - New Hampshire's NFIP newsletter as well as several older publications.
All documents are available in electronic format. You may order hardcopies using the Publications Order Form or by calling OEP (603) 271-2155.
Also see Energy Division Publications and Reports.
- Master Planning in New Hampshire
The only required duty of a planning board is to create and periodically update and amend a master plan to guide the development of the cummunity. OEP has provided a technical bulletin outlining the content, adoption procedure and purpose of a master plan and this webpage updates and expands on that document.
- Outdoor Lighting (undergoing revisions)
Created by OEP in the Spring of 2007, this technical bulletin focuses on the issues surrounding outdoor lighting. The first section provides information on the science and use of outdoor lighting, and highlights important issues. The second section summarizes some technical information on specific kinds of lighting, describes how to apply this technology, and provides model ordinance language.
- Planning for Accessory Dwellings
This page contains information and resources about Accessory Dwelling Units including the new technical bulletin compiled in the Spring of 2016.
- Planning for Wireless Telecommunications
In 2000, the New Hampshire legislature passed HB733 creating a new statute, RSA 12-K to address the rising proliferation of cell towers and wireless communication facilities. In response to section 8 of the statute, OEP produced a technical bulletin to assist communities in addressing wireless communication facility development which has been revised and amended several times since its initial publication.
- Small Wind Energy Systems
In 2008 the New Hampshire legislature passed HB310, creating a framework for municipalities to regulate the construction of small-scale wind turbines. The law clarifies the obligation municipalities have to encourage renewable energy in a manner that protects the public's health, safety and welfare. It was also constructed in a flexible manner to allow municipalities to adjust their regulations to meet the individual community's goals. In compliance with HB310, the Office of Energy and Planning developed a technical bulletin on Small Wind Energy Systems. The bulletin presents a summary of HB310 and includes a model ordinance to aid communities in drafting regulations that conform with state laws.
- Tax Increment Financing
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) can be a powerful tool for funding necessary infrastructure improvements. TIF has until recently been used only by larger cities, but it is equally if not more valuable for New Hampshire's smaller communities.
Handbooks and Other Publications
- The Planning Board in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials (updated November 2016)
- The Board of Adjustment in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials (updated November 2016)
- Buffers for Wetlands and Surface Waters - A Guidebook for New Hampshire Municipalities (November 1995, Revised May 1997)
- Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
- State Development Plan
- Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques - A Handbook for Sustainable Development - To address the need for guidance and technical assistance on Innovative Land Use Controls authorized by RSA 674:21, the New Hampshire Regional Environmental Planning Program (REPP) produced this guide in June 2008 with model ordinances and regulations on a number of innovative land use techniques.
- Flood Lines - New Hampshire's NFIP newsletter
- New Hampshire Citizen Planner training materials