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2017 News

News items from 2017.

2017 news
Date News Item
October 27, 2017

Governor Sununu to Mark National Weatherization Day in New Hampshire

Governor Chris Sununu will help celebrate National Weatherization Day in New Hampshire on Monday morning, October 30, by visiting the headquarters and warehouse of a professional weatherization installation company in Loudon.

The event will begin at 11:00 AM at Newell & Crathern, Home Weatherization Professionals, 34 Staniels Road, Loudon, NH 03307.

Weatherization is the "whole house" process which seals and insulates homes to make them more energy efficient, less costly to operate, and healthier spaces in which to live.

Bill Newell of Newell & Crathern will give the Governor a tour of the Company's warehouse and headquarters, including demonstrations of weatherization equipment. The Governor and others in attendance will be able to handle the “tools of the trade” and become more familiar with the attention to detail, the professionalism, and the capitalization required to provide WAP-quality energy efficiency services to New Hampshire homes.

Part of the Governor’s visit will include the release and reading of a National Weatherization Day Proclamation, highlighting the important benefits the weatherization work in New Hampshire provides:

  • To the health and economic well-being of low-income families,
  • To secure and well-paying job opportunities,
  • To a supply chain of local vendors and contractors, and
  • To reducing New Hampshire’s reliance on energy and fuels which must be imported into the state, spending economic resources that can then no longer circulate in the local economy.

The public is welcome.

For more information call the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives: 603-271-2155.

July 28, 2017

NH LIHEAP PY18 State Plan pdf file

Public Hearing Notice pdf file

The Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI) will hold a public hearing on the state's LIHEAP Block Grant on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 1:00PM at the Office of Strategic Initiatives.

April 20, 2017

Weatherization Program Annual Plan

The Office of Energy and Planning will hold a public hearing on the state's Weatherization Program Annual Plan on Monday, May 1, 2017, at 10:00AM at the Office of Energy and Planning.

February 9, 2017

Planning Board Handbook Updated

The Planning Board in New Hampshire - A Handbook for Local Officials has been updated with changes through the 2016 legislative session. You may download/print the handbook free of charge from our website or use the Publications Order Form to order hard copies for $7.00 each (plus postage.)

February 9, 2017

Complete Streets Toolkit pdf file

In its capacity as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region, the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) is pleased to provide this Complete Streets Toolkit pdf file. The primary goal for this work is to develop and publish a resource guide for how to implement Complete Streets principles, policies, and projects for communities within the SNHPC Region and beyond.

As interest and support for complete streets continues to spread across New Hampshire, it is our hope that the toolkit becomes a well utilized tool. We encourage and hope that state and local agencies recognize the toolkit as a resource and provide a link to it via their websites. The toolkit is loaded with hyperlinks throughout the document, providing endless browsing opportunity for anyone interested to research the various topics within complete streets including benefits, history, who's incorporating them, policy, design and engineering, and pilot programs.

February 6, 2017

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) Stakeholder Workshops pdf file

The Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) Committee of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board is convening a series of Stakeholder Workshops pdf fileas NH prepares to implement the EERS Plan detailed in the Public Utilities Commission Order No. 25,932 pdf file. Implementation of an EERS is expected to increase investment in cost-effective energy efficiency resources, reduce energy costs for NH ratepayers, and create new jobs.

The workshops will provide key stakeholders in NH and the general public the opportunity to influence, early in the planning process, how utilities serving the state are intending to achieve the EERS over the next three years. Utility representatives will describe their plans, and stakeholders will have the opportunity to ask questions about and provide feedback on the ideas presented. The workshops are being offered in advance of submittal of the utilities’ draft plans to the EESE Board in April of 2017.

All workshops are open to the public, and will be held on the dates and times listed in the workshop announcement pdf file.

February 2, 2017

New Assessment suggests that a Healthy Great Bay Estuary is Worth a lot to People who Live Here

We all know that people care about the Great Bay Estuary for a lot of reasons, whether because they boat on it, make their living from it, like to look at it, eat seafood produced in it, are protected by it, or something else. But just how much do people care about the Great Bay Estuary? Or more specifically, how much do people benefit from three of the key habitats—eelgrass, oyster beds, and salt marshes—that help make the Great Bay Estuary what it is? In a new assessment pdf file, the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program, PREP, The Nature Conservancy, and the N.H. Department of Fish and Game Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve together with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), try to answer that very question. Evaluating ecosystem services—a term for the benefits people get from nature—is a tough nut to crack, but through a collaborative process the project partners made some great progress that PREP and others hope to build on in the future.

February 1, 2017

Building Capacity for Creative Placemaking pdf file

There’s been a lot of talk within the planning community in recent years about the idea of "creative placemaking." Creative Placemaking is a fast growing field that integrates resources and ideas from urban planning, community development, the arts and design to help individuals and communities strategically shape their communities and environments to improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and the climate for creativity. It’s a term that was coined originally in 2010 by economist Ann Markusen and arts consultant and planner Anne Gadwa Nicodemus at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has been used widely since by the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America, and a consortium of major foundations including the Barr Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and others interested in fostering alternative approaches to economic development that promote community engagement and equity. Check out the article in The Yankee Planner to see how NH Institute of Art is incorporating placemaking into education.

January 25, 2017

A Guide to Flood-Resistant Building Terms

A New York Times article about defining terms used in ways to ensure that homes, workplaces and communities can withstand and recover from storms. Although the article is geared toward areas in New York City and other coastal areas, which were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, most of the terms defined are applicable in New Hampshire as well. Article also includes links to case studies in resilient design.

January 23, 2017

What can We Learn from our Neighbors in the North?

Montreal’s car-free street network gets bigger all the time. Every year, Montreal transforms more of its streets into public spaces where people can rub shoulders with their neighbors without worrying about car traffic. Block by block, experiment by experiment, the city’s pedestrian streets are growing. In 2017 the city is adding three more street segments to its car-free network, Mayor Denis Coderre recently announced, awarding $1.7 million over three years to pedestrianize them. The streets will receive seating, landscaping, and pavement markings that as public pedestrian space. This allotment follows the addition of five car-free street segments in both 2015 and 2016.

January 13, 2017

Bringing Nature to the Classroom: Lamprey River Elementary School Eco-Center, Raymond

The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP)’s feature story in their January 2017 newsletter details a collaborative effort among various stakeholders to enhance learning of the natural environment in the backyard of the Lamprey Elementary School in Raymond. The project began last year when Raymond’s Community Development Director, Ernest Cartier Creveling, along with the Raymond Conservation Commission received funding from the Lamprey River Advisory Committee to develop a series of interpretive signs to enhance educational opportunities along the 1,665 feet of trail along the Lamprey River. With assistance from PREP and Dr. David Burdick (UNH), the Eco-Center trail and its 12 interpretive signs were completed and the official unveiling held in December. Click on the link above to learn more about this project including numerous pictures, example of the interpretive sign, and a map of the trail. The trail is open to the public during non-school hours and on weekends.

January 12, 2017

Want to Know More about the OSI Planning Division Programs and Services? pdf file

Check out our new handout that gives an overview of the OSI Planning Division’s programs, services, and resources. If you want to learn more, visit our web site or contact the Planning Division staff listed on page 2 of the handout.

January 12, 2017

Brentwood Asks: "How Good is Our Water?"

The Brentwood Planning Board has been protecting water quality in Town for decades; adopting its first wetlands ordinance in 1985 and in 1991 both an aquifer protection district and a shoreland protection district. In 2013, the Town adopted its first stormwater management ordinance (see Brentwood Zoning Ordinance pdf filefor details). In an effort to continue insuring high water quality in Town the Board decided to hire Truslow Resource Consulting LLC to undertake surface water quality testing. The goal was two-fold: to establish a baseline of information about existing surface water quality and to determine if there are any water quality issues that should be addressed. Sampling locations were determined and three rounds of testing were performed during 2016. Water quality was revealed to be good at all locations although several samples revealed findings that should be further monitored. The Town will continue the sampling through 2017. The final report pdf filewas prepared by Truslow Resource Consulting.

January 9, 2017

Concord NH Pedestrian Master Plan

The City of Concord’s Bicycling and Walking subcommittee, TPAC Bike-Ped, is developing a Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of Concord, with assistance from the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. A Pedestrian Master Plan is intended to help the City guide planning decisions in order to make Concord a better place to get around on foot, whether it’s to get you where you want to go or if you simply want to get out for fun and exercise. The plan will impact decisions such as planning for new sidewalks or pedestrian connections, adjusting policies or practices to improve on sidewalk maintenance and snow removal, to identify and fix trouble areas or dangerous intersections, to better understand where people choose to walk and why, and to better understand the needs of the City’s residents and visitors in regards to walking.

January 4, 2017

52 Barns in 52 Weeks

Whether you're concerned about your own barn, or one down the road, the Preservation Alliance wants to help. In 2017, our 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative has a goal of helping at least 52 barn owners across the state with assessment grants, assistance in securing tax relief, and educational opportunities to help save their historic barns. Throughout the year, barns and their owners will be showcased by the Preservation Alliance to celebrate good work and offer practical information and inspiration to others.

January 4, 2017

NH Municipal Technical Assistance Grant Program 2017-18

If your community has a disconnect between what kinds of residences you have or are allowed, and what your community needs, and you have been wishing for some assistance to address this, the NH MTAG Program might be for you.

Now in its second year, Plan NH is offering, through a competitive application process, grant funds for technical assistance to make communities more "housing friendly." Funds range between $2,500 and $10,000, and there must be a 25% cash match. Click on the link for more information and the materials. There will be an informational meeting on February 16, 2017, for communities and interested consultants. Applications are due April 5, 2017. Contact Plan NH ( with any questions.

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