What Is Planning?
Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.
Planning enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people's lives.
Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change. [American Planning Association]
Municipal and Regional Planning Assistance staff provides information, guidance, and training to municipal officials and staff, regional and state planners and the general public about laws and regulations pertaining to land use.
The MRPA section carries out the following duties:
- Coordinates State funding for regional planning agencies;
- Responds to inquiries from regional and local
planners and officials, and from the public;
- Prepares and updates guidebooks, technical bulletins
and videos on municipal planning, zoning and related
topics of interest;
- Maintains a central file of local land use regulations
as required by RSA
- Maintains and updates annually a database on
the status of municipal planning and land use regulations in New Hampshire;
- Develops and presents training programs for local
land use boards and Regional Planning Commissions
in accordance with State statutes; and
- Provides technical assistance to communities
in special areas such as water resource protection
planning, wetlands protection, floodplain management and smart growth.