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Design and Environment

Accessibility/ADA | Context Sensitive Design | Design Review | Environmental Assistance and Permitting | Erosion & Sediment Control and Steep Slope Protection | Forestry | Habitat Management | Infill Development | Town Forests | Forested Floodplains | Invasive Plant Species | Landscaping | Low Impact Development (LID) | Nonpoint Source Pollution | Outdoor Lighting | Soil Mapping/Lot Sizing

back to topAccessibility/ADA

back to topContext Sensitive Design

  • ContextSensitiveSolutions.org
    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 pdf file
    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 pdf file- NRPC fact sheet

Design Review

back to topEnvironmental 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.
  • 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.

back to topErosion & Sediment Control and Steep Slope Protection

back to topForestry

Habitat Management

Infill Development

back to topTown Forests

  • 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.

back to topForested Floodplains

back to topInvasive Plant Species

  • DES Exotic Species Program
  • Practical Suggestions and Alternative Native Species from the Hanover Conservation Council and the Hanover Garden Club.

back to topLandscaping

back to topLow Impact Development (LID)

  • Reports by Comprehensive Environmental, Inc. (800) 725-2550 referenced at the May 2004 NHPA Low Impact Development Conference in Waterville Valley
    • City of Nashua, New Hampshire - Alternative Stormwater Management Methods
    • Design Guidelines and Criteria for Stormwater Management
    • Water Resources Protection Regulatory Strategy Guide, Final Report, Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire

back to topNonpoint Source Pollution

back to topOutdoor Lighting

  • 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 pdf fileOEP Technical Bulletin
  • 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 pdf fileChittenden 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 pdf fileSponsor - The Connecticut Light and Power Company, Presented by The Lighting Research Center (LRC) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • The Up and Down of Outdoor Lighting pdf fileMichele McColgan Ph. D., Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • How-to Guide to Effective Energy-Efficient Street Lighting pdf file, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • New Hampshire Electric Cooperative "Dark Skies" Program
  • Lighting Project Brings Out the Stars in Waterville Valley
  • List of towns with Outdoor Lighting regulations pdf file, as self-reported by municipalities responding to the annual OEP survey of municipal information.

back to topSoil Mapping/Lot Sizing

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NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
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