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
August 9, 2019
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, 2018. For a breakdown of the 2018 population estimates by county and municipality as well as a description of the methodology used for calculating the population estimates see 2018 Population Estimates of New Hampshire Cities and Towns .
Public Hearing: State of New Hampshire's State Plan for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant (LIHEAP)
July 29, 2019
The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) will conduct a public hearing to accept testimony and comments on the State of New Hampshire's State Plan for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant (LIHEAP) pdf file. This grant is effective for the fiscal year October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Those persons wishing to present testimony for LIHEAP should notify the Office of Strategic Initiatives, 107 Pleasant Street, Johnson Hall, Concord, NH 03301, in advance and submit a copy of the testimony. A copy of the proposed plan for LIHEAP may be obtained by contacting OSI, or viewed at the location on the day of the hearing. Please contact Tracy Desmarais, Fuel Assistance Program Administrator at OSI at (603) 271-2155 for further information regarding LIHEAP.
April 26, 2019
The following two errors have been identified in the 2018-2019 Planning and Land Use Regulation book: (1) the incorrect CD was included in certain book/CD combo purchases; and (2) the book is missing a portion of RSA 91-A:2. Please see the attached memo for details and fixes.
April 12, 2019
The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) will conduct a public hearing on the State's Weatherization Assistance Program Annual Plan to be filed with the US Department of Energy (DOE). Upon approval by DOE, the Plan will be in effect from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Office of Strategic Initiatives, 107 Pleasant Street, Johnson Hall, Concord, NH 03301.
February 14, 2019
The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has published the 2018 editions of The Planning Board in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials and The Board of Adjustment in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials. The handbooks are designed to serve as an introduction to the organization, powers, duties and procedures of planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Floodplain Management Program Publishes Updated Floodplain Management Model Ordinances
November 14, 2018
The NH Floodplain Management Program is pleased to announce the release of the State’s updated Model Floodplain Management Ordinances. In addition, an accompanying notes document for each ordinance and a companion Menu of Higher Floodplain Regulation Standards were developed. All of the documents can be found on OSI’s Regulations page.