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  • Johnson Hall
    OSI, Johnson Hall
  • Groton Hollow Forest Legacy Conservation Easement
    View of Groton Hollow Forest Legacy Conservation Easement from the adjacent Tenney Ridge wind turbine access road
  • 2016 Planning and Zoning Conference
    Opening Plenary Session of the 2016 Spring Planning and Zoning Conference
  • High tide flooding in Seabrook
    High tide flooding in Seabrook, September 2014
  • Furnace insulation
    Furnace insulation to increase efficiency as part of the federal weatherization program
  • An operating tulip farm on LCIP property in Orford, NH
    View of an operating tulip farm on an LCIP property in Orford, New Hampshire

Welcome

Official website of the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives.

OSI provides information, data and guidance to assist decision-makers on issues pertaining to development, land protection, energy use and community planning. We guide the state's future growth through public policy development, education, research, and partnership building. This site provides information on our many programs.

Announcements and Notices

NHMA Guidance on Public Meetings after the End of the State of Emergency pdf file

June 11, 2021

The state of emergency, first declared on March 13, 2020, expired on June 11, 2021 at midnight. This means that Emergency Order #12, which has authorized public bodies to meet without a physical location for the last 15 months, also expired at midnight on June 11, 2021. Thus, any public body that is meeting June 12, 2021 or later must comply with current law. For additional information see the Planning and Zoning Board Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak webpage.

OSI Publishes 2020 Editions of Planning Board and Board of Adjustment Handbooks for Local Officials

March 19, 2021

The 2020 editions of OSI’s The Planning Board in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials and The Board of Adjustment in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials are now available for download. The 2020 editions are also available as supplements to the 2019 editions. The 2020 editions include planning related legal and procedural changes which became law during the General Court’s 2020 Legislative Session. These handbooks are designed to serve as an introduction to the organization, powers, duties, and procedures of Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment in New Hampshire.

OSI Launches New Monthly PLAN Webinar Series and Planning & Zoning Training Website

February 5, 2021

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) Planning Division is excited to announce the launch of its new free monthly webinar series, Planning Lunches at Noon (PLAN) and accompanying planning & zoning training website. Join the OSI Planning Division staff every third Thursday of the month from 12 to 1 pm to learn more about various planning and zoning topics. Each PLAN webinar will be conducted live with a presentation and question and answer session and will also be recorded and available for viewing on OSI’s YouTube channel.

OSI Publishes 2019 New Hampshire Housing Supply Report pdf file

December 11, 2020

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has published the 2019 edition of the annual housing supply report, Current Estimates and Trends in New Hampshire’s Housing Supply. The report shows that building permits were issued for 4,483 housing units statewide in 2019. This is the most housing units permitted in a single year since the 2008 recession, but still well below the levels observed between 2000 and 2007. An interactive map depicting the 2019 residential building permit data at the county and municipal level is also available.

OSI Planning Division Publishes 2019 - 2020 Municipal Land Use Regulation Survey Results

November 3, 2020

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) Planning Division is excited to announce the release of the 2019 - 2020 results of the New Hampshire Municipal Land Use Regulation Annual Survey. The 2019 survey pdf file was completed by all, but five of the state’s 234 municipalities as well as nine village districts with zoning authority and Coos County, which has zoning authority over 23 unincorporated places in the North Country. In addition, 130 communities submitted zoning amendment updates after their 2020 Annual Town Meetings.

OSI Planning Division Publishes Data and Maps Webpage

September 1, 2020

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) Planning Division has published a summary of the data and maps produced or compiled by the OSI Planning Division and by other state agencies and organizations on its website. Data and maps produced/compiled by NHOSI include the NH Flood Hazards Viewer, Municipal/County/Regional Planning Commission Map pdf file, links to all 234 municipal websites throughout the state, the Municipal Land Use Regulation Survey Interactive Map and subject specific tables, county-level meals and rooms tax data, statewide population estimates and projections, municipal building permit data, and municipal-level American Survey Data organized by subject for 2014 – 2018.

OSI Publishes 2019 New Hampshire Municipal Population Estimates

July 16, 2020

In accordance with RSA 78-A:25, the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has calculated population estimates for New Hampshire’s 234 communities as of July 1, 2019. Statewide, New Hampshire had an estimated population of 1,359,711 on July 1, 2019. For a breakdown of the 2019 population estimates by county and municipality as well as a description of the methodology used for calculating the population estimates see 2019 Population Estimates of New Hampshire Cities and Towns pdf file.

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