Accessibility/ADA | Context Sensitive Design | Design Guidelines | Design Review | Environmental Assistance and Permitting | Erosion & Sediment Control and Steep Slope Protection | Forestry | Habitat Management | Infill Development | Invasive Plant Species | Landscaping | Low Impact Development (LID) | Nonpoint Source Pollution | Outdoor Lighting | Soil Mapping/Lot Sizing | Town Forests | Wastewater Engineering/Septic Systems
Context Sensitive Design
Context Sensitive Solutions is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the development of transportation projects. It is both process and product, characterized by a number of attributes. It involves all stakeholders, including community members, elected officials, interest groups, and affected local, state, and federal agencies. It puts project needs and both agency and community values on a level playing field and considers all trade–offs in decision making. Often associated with design in transportation projects, Context Sensitive Solutions should be a part of all phases of program delivery including long range planning, programming, environmental studies, design, construction, operations, and maintenance.
- NH Route 111 Corridor Study - Windham
The project was the first corridor planning study in the region employing a true Context Sensitive Solutions approach, which proved to be very effective despite a challenging environment.
- Place Making and Context Sensitive Solutions NRPC fact sheet #2 (see more fact sheets from NRPC)
- Claremont City Center Design Guidelines, March 11, 2013
The Claremont City Center Design Guidelines are a resource to property owners, designers, builders, developers, town officials and volunteers as they seek to guide growth and preserve the character of Claremont City Center. Preservation of that character means a continuation of the patterns of design and the materials and methods of the traditional fabric currently in place.
Environmental Assistance and Permitting
- Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN) is a "first-stop shop" providing environmental management, planning, funding and regulatory information for local governments, elected and appointed officials, managers and staff.
- DES OneStop Database - The Clearinghouse for DES Environmental Information
OneStop is a user-friendly, online, searchable database comprised of environmental information and data compiled by DES programs. OneStop does not provide access to all existing DES data, however, available information includes: sources of environmental interest; GIS data; environmental monitoring data; ordering sampling equipment for environmental testing; permit statuses; and information on local businesses that provide various environmental services, ranging from hazardous waste transportation to water well contractors. OneStop data is based on each program's procedures and standards. The data is regularly updated, however, unintentional inaccuracies may occur.
- One-Stop Data Mapper - an interactive web map that allows viewing and querying environmental data across NHDES programs. The new Mapper replaces the NHDES One-Stop Web Geographic Information System. The Mapper is mobile ready and offers greater functionality with more tools for searching and downloading geospatial data. The Mapper is also linked to NHDES One-Stop Data allowing the public access to thousands of documents in the NHDES digital library.
- Navigating Environmental Permitting Issues - Barry Needleman and Ed Wojnowski, June 2006, New Hampshire Town and City
- New Hampshire's Environmental Dashboard - To help New Hampshire citizens get a sense of the State's environmental well-being, NHDES has created a web-based New Hampshire Environmental Dashboard, which provides the public with a basic status report on a short list of key environmental indicators.
Erosion & Sediment Control and Steep Slope Protection
- Erosion Control for Construction within the Protected Shoreland Department of Environmental Services Fact Sheet WD-SP-1
- 2.2 Steep Slope and Ridgeline Protection from the Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Guide
- NHDOT Guidelines For Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management Department of Transportation, Bureau of Construction
- See the results of the Municipal Land Use Regulation Annual Survey for municipalities with Erosion and Sediment Control During Construction regulations.
- In cooperation with the Squam Lakes Association, the Lakes Region Planning Commission has completed a report titled Regulating Development on Steep Slopes, Hillsides, and Ridgelines, December 2005. The report explores the historical importance of this type of regulation, outlines key development issues, and provides a variety of case studies designed to address safety, aesthetics, preservation of wildlife habitat, water quality protection and more.
- Steep Slopes Overlay District At-A-Glance , October 2007, LRPC
- See the results of the Municipal Land Use Regulation Annual Survey for municipalities with Steep Slope/Ridgeline Protection regulations.
Invasive Plant Species
Low Impact Development (LID)
Nonpoint Source Pollution
- HB585 AN ACT relative to outdoor lighting efficiency (Chapter 212, Laws of 2009)
- Requires all new and replacement outdoor lighting (including roadway lighting) installed with state funds to be fully shielded, "dark-sky friendly," and not to exceed minimum lighting levels recommended by the standards organization IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) unless it can be shown that compliance would increase installation costs or compromise safety.
- Requires utilities to provide fully shielded dark-sky compliant streetlight fixtures to NH municipalities as the default model, although local governments can choose other designs if they wish.
- Requires the Public Utilities Commission to set a "midnight service" rate for street lighting that allows utilities to install inexpensive timers on non-essential lights selected by municipalities, to turn them off at midnight, thereby cutting energy consumption by half. PUC has estimated a potential savings to NH communities on the order of $1 million annually.
- Establishes a statewide policy of protecting New Hampshire dark skies as a cultural asset important to rural character and the tourism industry.
- Outdoor Lighting (EIP-28)
When you look into the sky at night, can you see the stars? Light pollution is on the rise across the country, resulting in wasted energy, disruption of nocturnal ecosystems, harm to human health, and poor nighttime ambiance. In response, a growing number of communities are adopting outdoor lighting ordinances with "dark sky" principles intended to balance safety issues with the prevention of excessive lighting, light trespass, and glare. This PAS Essential Info Packet provides a look at how communities concerned about light pollution can address outdoor lighting in their policies and regulations. It includes excerpts from comprehensive plans, several model outdoor lighting ordinances with commentaries, and sample outdoor lighting ordinances from municipalities large and small.
- Preserving Dark Skies Model (chapter 3.4), Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques
- Outdoor Lighting Manual for Vermont Municipalities Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
- International Dark-Sky Association (lots of great information about outdoor lighting and light pollution)
- The New England Light Pollution Advisory Group
- Implementation of Decision-Making Tools that Address Light Pollution for Localities Planning Street Lighting Sponsor - The Connecticut Light and Power Company, Presented by The Lighting Research Center (LRC) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- The Up and Down of Outdoor Lighting Michele McColgan Ph. D., Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- How-to Guide to Effective Energy-Efficient Street Lighting , New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
- LED Street Lighting Assessment and Strategies for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
This report assesses the current status of LED street light conversion barriers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region. It provides a quantitative analysis of the regional street lighting efficiency opportunity and a recommended strategy to address the barriers and achieve large scale conversion. Finally, the report provides information on activities and progress across the region to install LED street lighting.
- New Hampshire Electric Cooperative "Dark Skies" Program
- Lighting Project Brings Out the Stars in Waterville Valley
- See the results of the Municipal Land Use Regulation Annual Survey for municipalities with Outdoor Lighting regulations.
Soil Mapping/Lot Sizing
- Town forests may be established by action of the local legislative body pursuant to RSA 31:110. The town forest is to be managed by a town forest committee, which can be the conservation commission if the local legislative body so determines - if it has not, then there must be a separate committee. [RSA 31:112]
- Revenue from the town forest goes to a special forest maintenance fund, which shall be non-lapsing (unless the local legislative body decides otherwise.) [RSA 31:113] The statutes do not state that the forest committee (or conservation commission) have any direct control over the forest maintenance fund, so any appropriations from it require the authorization of the local legislative body. Once such appropriations are made, the forest committee has the authority to expend such appropriated funds for the purpose for which they were appropriated.
Wastewater Engineering/Septic Systems