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
June 30, 2021
The New Hampshire Department of Energy and the Commission to Study Offshore Wind and Port Development are in the process of developing an Offshore Wind Assessment for the State of New Hampshire. A public hearing will be held July 26th at 4:00pm at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services at the Pease's Base Facility located at 222 International Drive #175, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
The New Hampshire Department of Energy will be taking public comment for the development of the Offshore Wind Assessment as part of the public hearing. The public comment submission period will open on July 1, 2021, and close on July 30, 2021 at 4:00pm. Public comment can be sent to OSI/DOE by email or mail. For more information see the Public Notice page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 , 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.
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 .