The Planning Division of the Office of Strategic Initiatives offers several programs related to state and local land use and planning.
The Conservation Land Stewardship Program is responsible for monitoring and protecting the conservation values of conservation easement lands in which the State of New Hampshire has invested.
The Council on Resources and Development provides a forum for interagency cooperation in assuring consistency with established policies relating to the environment, natural resources, and growth management issues under RSA 162-C.
OSI’s Director chairs CORD and Planning Division staff provide support.
The Floodplain Management Program administers the National Flood Insurance Program in New Hampshire and provides technical assistance to communities and the public on floodplain management and helps to promote sound land use planning techniques that will reduce flood losses.
The Geographic Information System Program provides mapping support and geographic analysis to other programs at OSI, develops geographic data layers for the statewide GRANIT project, and provides guidance to GRANIT through its position as coordinator of the statewide GIS Advisory Committee.
The Intergovernmental Review Process provides an opportunity to state and local agencies to review federal programs and activities. OSI is designated as the Single Point of Contact to identify state agencies that should be involved in the planning and development of activities covered by Executive Order 12372, and provides these agencies with the opportunity to evaluate proposals.
Municipal and Regional Planning Assistance Program provides information, guidance, and training to municipal officials and staff, regional and state planners and the general public about laws and regulations pertaining to land use.
The State Data Center in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau provides the public with access to census data and customized data products such as OSI’s annual population estimates.
Information about the Planning Division’s resources and services can be found on the Planning Division home page.