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Welcome to the NHOSI planning news page! This page is intended to provide planning related news for those involved with planning in New Hampshire.

Notifications regarding updates to this page will be sent out weekly through the Plan-Link Listserv. If you are not a subscriber to the Plan-Link Listserv, please visit NH OSI's Plan-Link webpage.

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Current News

Building the Cities of the Future: More Markets or More Regulation?
July 10, 2020

On Monday, August 10 at 5 PM, the Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance will be holding a major public event online called “Building the Cities of the Future: More Markets or More Regulation?”
The event will discuss whether the best-functioning cities grow organically through the market process or need comprehensive planning to make sure they get the right kind of development.

NH Electric Co-op Seeks Connecting NH Broadband Expansion Funds
July 9, 2020

As part of a new initiative, utility plans expansion efforts in Colebrook and Lempster.

Initiatives Aim to Increase Rural Broadband Access in New Hampshire
July 8, 2020

Key legislation recently passed by the New Hampshire Legislature, new state level initiatives, and federal investments may aid in expanding broadband internet services to underserved areas of the state.

High-Speed Broadband Help May Be On the Way
July 7, 2020

Help may be on the way for people without access to the kind of high-speed internet that has become essential to people working, learning, and accessing health care from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You?
July 6, 2020

From siting and permitting to the digital divide, 5G offers U.S. communities a full spectrum of opportunities — and challenges.

UNH Webinar: Meeting People Where They Are: Tools for Engaging your Community this Summer and Fall
These two free webinars complement each other – join one or both:

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Strategies for community engagement need to be flexible and responsive. Join us as we share a variety of engagement tools: online polling and interactive maps; focus groups and interviews; mailings, posters and community art, and various online engagement platforms. See examples of creative and virtual engagement from NH communities. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Preview additional engagement tools and learn how to determine which strategies are right for your work. We will share examples from around the state, including James Vayo’s (Southern New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission) experience with using CoUrbanize for the Manchester TOD project.

EPA Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization Webinar:
Resource Roadmapping for Revitalization: Tools for Leveraging Funding & Other Resources for Brownfields & Land Revitalization
Tuesday July 21, 2020 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Previous News

NH Housing Appeals Board Gets Ready to Open For Business
July 2, 2020

Starting July 1, New Hampshire has a new administrative body in place to hear appeals of local land use decisions.

NH’s 2020 Census Response Rate at 61.7% – Check out the Response Rate Mapper to See How Your Community is Doing
July 1, 2020

New Hampshire’s current response rate to the 2020 Census is at 61.7%, which is just even with the national response rate.  New Hampshire ranks 25th in the nation for the highest response rate.  The Town of Bow has the highest response rate in the state at 82%.  Check out the 2020 Census Response Rate Mapper to see how your community is doing.  It’s not too late to complete the 2020 Census.  Check out OSI’s 2020 Census page for more information on getting a complete count in New Hampshire.

July is Park and Recreation Month
July 1, 2020

During National Park and Recreation Month, individuals and organizations can promote the benefits of local parks and encourage people to get outside, explore local parks, and enjoy outdoor activities safely.  A 2020 Park and Recreation Month Toolkit is available for communities to use to promote and celebrate Park and Recreation Month.

Strafford Regional Planning Commission Launches Improved Mapping Platform and Products
June 30, 2020

Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) has recently launched a variety of new and improved Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping platforms and products. These include an updated GIS platform on ArcOnline with new tools, in addition to new maps, whichareavailablefor all 18 communities to bedownloaded,printed and distributed freely for planning purposes. Also, for the first time,the majorityof SRPC’s standardized regional data layers are available online for anyone to download, free of charge.

Mapping America’s Underwater Real Estate
June 29, 2020

The first-ever public evaluation of flood risk for every property in the 48 contiguous states has found that federal maps underestimate the number of homes and businesses in significant danger by 67%. The new flood-risk data, released Monday by the research and technology nonprofit First Street Foundation, is a virtually unprecedented disclosure of how much damage climate change can be expected to inflict at the level of individual homes.

First Street Foundation releases new data disclosing the flood risk of every home in the contiguous U.S. pdf file
June 29, 2020

The nonprofit research and technology group First Street Foundation has publicly released flood risk data for more than 142 million homes and properties across the country. The data, based on decades of peer-reviewed research, assigns every property in the contiguous United States a “Flood Factor™,” or score from 1 to 10, based on its cumulative risk of flooding over a thirty-year mortgage. People can look up a property’s Flood Factor and learn more about its past, present, and future flood risk at, the Foundation’s new online visualization tool.

North Country Council Regional Planning Commission Survey to Understand Local Internet Access
June 25, 2020

The NCC RPC is conducting a Broadband survey for residents and businesses in Carroll, Coos, and Grafton Counties. If you have questions as to the next steps your community can take, contact Michelle Moren-Grey at

Survey Seeks Feedback on Broadband Access in New Hampshire
June 25, 2020

Mission Broadband, a Maine-based company focused on expanding broadband connectivity to un-served and underserved communities throughout New England, has launched a survey aimed at identifying gaps in broadband access in New Hampshire.

NH’s ‘Convoluted’ Housing Market Has Been Years in the Making
June 24, 2020

Economist Russ Thibeault of Laconia-based Applied Economic Research, who has followed New Hampshire real estate for decades, called “a convoluted market,” in which homes are selling at a quicker pace and higher prices but in lower volume than a year ago – when the coronavirus was unknown and the economy was thriving – is much less the result of the pandemic and recession than of trends in the housing sector stretching back years.

NH Housing Advocates Warn of ‘Perfect Storm’ When Federal Jobless Aid Ends
June 24, 2020

New Hampshire affordable housing advocates are bracing for a “perfect storm” this summer, as tens of thousands of residents are set to see their federal unemployment benefits come to an end.

$2.5 Million Renovation Begins June 29 on Historic Downtown Lancaster Building
June 24, 2020

Site preparation work begins June 29 on the eagerly awaited $2.5 million renovation of the historic Parker J. Noyes building in downtown Lancaster. The 11,000-square-foot Noyes building was purchased the by the Northern Forest Center in 2018 as part of its community investment work in Lancaster with the goal of helping to revitalize the downtown through the renovation.

County Broadband Group Seeks $11 Million in Funding
June 23, 2020

Carroll County Broadband is seeking $11 million of the $50 million in coronavirus relief that the governor has set aside for improving internet connectivity. The $50 million is part of the $1.25 billion in CARES Act funds that New Hampshire received. Gov. Chris Sununu said he would set aside $50 million for improving internet access.

Conway Planning Board OK's Avesta Housing Project
June 23, 2020

The Conway Planning Board gave conditional approval on June 11 to Avesta Housing Development Corp. to put up 156 workforce and senior rental housing units off Technology Lane in Conway.

Meeting People Where They Are: Tools for Engaging your Community this Summer and Fall UNH-Cooperative Extension Webinar –
July 15 & July 22, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

During these dynamic times, we know that traditional methods for engaging your community may be limited but engagement remains critical to listen to your community and understand their needs, ideas, and priorities. Learn about a variety of engagement tools and examples of creative and virtual engagement from NH communities.

Connecting NH - Emergency Broadband Expansion Program – RFP Due July 2, 2020
June 18, 2020

OSI in collaboration with the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Education is seeking proposals from qualified applicants for the Connecting NH-Emergency Broadband Expansion Program.  A press release about the Program and the request for proposals is also available.  The deadline for requests is July 2, 2020.

NH GRANIT Update to the Conservation and Public Lands Data set
June 18, 2020

NH GRANIT has published an update to the Conservation and Public Lands data set. This data set is available for download, as map services, and is viewable on the GRANITView and the NH Coastal Viewer sites.

Laconia State School Development Authority Bill Advances
June 17, 2020

The state Senate has approved a bill that would give the panel looking to transform the Laconia State School property into multi-use development more authority over the process. 

Bedford Luxury Apartment Plan Ekes Out Majority Support in Resident Survey
June 17, 2020

A survey conducted by the developer of the Market and Main multi-use development in Bedford has found that a slight majority of residents support the controversial construction of 200 luxury apartments at the site.

CDFA awards over $4.5 million in Tax Credits for Economic Development. Funds will support revitalization, affordable housing, and infrastructure
June 17, 2020
The NH Community Development Finance Authority said that projects receiving tax credits are providing increased access to critical services and affordable housing, revitalizing downtowns, historic structures and community infrastructure in rural communities.

Governor’s affordable housing initiatives left on NH House floor
June 17, 2020

House Bill 1629 would have required municipalities to provide dimensional or procedural incentives for the development of senior housing to provide the same incentives for the development of workforce housing, expanded the definition of workforce, and directed OSI to provide materials and instruction for members of municipal land use boards.  House Bill 1632 would have added several financial incentives for workforce housing and created a Housing Champion Program administered by OSI.

Strafford RPC Awarded the NH Planner’s Association Plan of the Year
June 17, 2020

Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) was awarded the NH Planner’s Association Plan of the Year for its Pathways to Play (PTP) initiative. This recognition comes just weeks after news that SRPC was awarded a second NH Children’s Health Foundation (NHCHF) grant, totaling $40,000, to implement a complimentary program, Promoting Outdoor Play: Recreation Opportunities in the Greater Strafford Region.

2020 Census Response is Required for Seasonal Homes pdf file
June 15, 2020

Did you know a census response is required from each and every property including seasonal homes?  It’s true!  Since New Hampshire has a lot of seasonal homes it is important to spread the word that these homes need to be counted during the 2020 Census to ensure the state gets a complete count. See and share the link to the flyer to learn more and how to respond to the census for multiple properties.


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NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
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