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
May 2, 2019
The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) will be hosting an initial meeting of the 2020 Census NH Complete Count Committee on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the NH Municipal Association, 25 Triangle Park Drive in Concord, starting at 9:00 am. This will be a kickoff meeting to talk about the lead up to next year’s decennial census and what we in New Hampshire can do to ensure that everyone in the state is counted, including people in hard-to-reach demographics. Registration is free and open to the first 70 participants.
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.
December 6, 2018
The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) has published the 2017 edition of the annual housing supply report, Current Estimates and Trends in New Hampshire’s Housing Supply. The report shows residential building permits issued by New Hampshire's 234 communities through 2017. For a breakdown of housing permits issued through 2017 by county and municipality as well as analysis of the 2017 data see Current Estimates and Trends in New Hampshire’s Housing Supply: Update 2010 – 2017.
November 30, 2018
Pursuant to NH Chaptered Law 156:228 (2017), the Office of Strategic Initiatives has completed the study on the economic viability of electric renewable portfolio standard Class III biomass electric generation resources 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.
November 12, 2018
The NH State Data Center, which works in collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau to collect and disseminate data, has unveiled its 2020 Census web page. The 2020 Census page provides a timeline of key events leading up to the April 1, 2020 Census; available job opportunities at the Concord, NH 2020 Census field office, which is scheduled to open in February/March 2019; and information on how communities can form complete count committees.