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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

Request for Proposals - Software Consultant

July 1, 2019

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives, Division of Energy is requesting proposals from qualified professionals (hereinafter referred to as the “Consultant”), to work with the OSI staff in developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure a new program management software system to support the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and possibly the Electric Assistance Program (EAP).
Software Consultant RFP Questions
 pdf file
Proposals will be accepted until Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 4:00pm.

Request for Proposals - VW Electric School Bus Replacement Program

June 14, 2019

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI), Lead Agency for the Volkswagen Environmental (VW) Mitigation Trust, in association with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, is requesting proposals for an Electric School Bus Replacement Program (Program). The Program, which will replace diesel school buses with electric school buses, is utilizing approximately $1,250,000 of VW Environmental Mitigation Trust funding.
Proposals will be accepted until Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 4:00PM.

Request for Proposals - VW Propane/CNG School Bus Replacement Program

May 28, 2019

The New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI), Lead Agency for the Volkswagen Environmental (VW) Mitigation Trust, in association with the Department of Environmental Services, is requesting proposals for a Propane/CNG School Bus Replacement Program (Program). The Program, which will replace diesel school buses with propane or compressed natural gas school buses, is utilizing approximately $750,000 of VW Environmental Mitigation Trust funding.
Proposals will be accepted until Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 4:00PM.

Notice of Errors in 2018-2019 Planning and Land Use Regulation Book pdf file

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.

Public Hearing: Weatherization 2019 Annual Plan

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.

OSI Publishes 2018 Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment Handbooks for Local Officials

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.

OSI Publishes 2017 New Hampshire Housing Supply Report

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. pdf file

Biomass Study

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.

New Hampshire State Data Center Begins 2020 Census Preparations

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.

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NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor  |  107 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155  |  fax: (603) 271-2615