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Planning Partners

Links to websites of partner state and federal agencies, regional, state, and national planning organizations, and municipal associations, nonprofit organizations, and other resources of interest to planners in New Hampshire.

State and Federal | Regional, State and National Planning Organizations | Municipal Associations, NPO's, and other resources

State and Federal

  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Information Center
    This website is devoted to New Hampshire's cyclists and pedestrians! Visit for bike/ped news and info, maps, tours and links to other popular bicycle and pedestrian Internet websites.
  • Department of Environmental Services - Drinking Water Source Protection Program
    The Drinking Water Source Protection Program uses regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to protect and to encourage and assist water suppliers, municipalities, and the public to protect groundwater and public water supply sources.
    The New Hampshire Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT) is a cooperative project to create, maintain, and make available a statewide geographic data base serving the information needs of State, regional and local government decision-makers.
  • NH State Government
    The official website for the State of New Hampshire. Contains a comprehensive listing of state agencies and detailed information for all New Hampshire cities and towns.
  • UNH Cooperative Extension
    UNH Cooperative Extension brings information and education into the communities of the Granite State to help make New Hampshire’s individuals, businesses, and communities more successful and its natural resources healthy and productive. For 100 years, our specialists have been tailoring contemporary, practical education to regional needs, helping create a well-informed citizenry while strengthening key economic sectors.
  • UNH Technology Transfer Center (T2 Center)
    Their mission: To foster safe, efficient, environmentally sound local roads in New Hampshire by improving road managers' and crews' knowledge of technology and management through education and training, a quarterly newsletter, technical assistance, and other means of technology transfer.
  • US Census Bureau
    Visit here to find all types of Census data including the 2000 Census of Population & Housing, County Business Patterns, Economic Census and Current Population Survey (CPS) information.
  • USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Hampshire (NRCS)
    The soil map is a crucial component of a town master plan. Meet the federal agency which provides information on soils in New Hampshire.

Planning Organizations at Regional, State and National Levels

  • The American Planning Association (APA) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
    In these pages, you will find a clearinghouse of information on programs, services, and publications offered by the APA and AICP.
  • Congress for the New Urbanism
    The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.
    Cyburbia, the Internet's oldest portal site for urban planners and others interested in cities and the built environment, contains a selective directory of Internet resources relevant to planning and urbanism. Cyburbia also includes information about mailing lists and newsgroups, and it hosts a very active bulletin board and image hosting gallery.
  • Maine Association of Planners (MAP)
    The Maine Association of Planners is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the professional practice of planning in Maine. Their homepage is intended to enhance one's membership in the organization by providing information for planners and friends of planning. Professionals in planning related fields, such as Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Engineering, Public Administration and Law are encouraged to join. Membership also offers the ability to network through our online membership list.
  • National Collaborative of State Planners
    The National Collaborative of State Planners is a project of the Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division (RIGP) of the American Planning Association (APA) . Established in 2013, its purpose is to provide a network that facilitates the discussion of best practices at the state level and to serve as a space where planners may share the planning initiatives of their home states.
  • New Hampshire Association of Regional Planning Commissions
    This website makes available data, maps, and reports developed by New Hampshire's nine Regional Planning Commissions through an ongoing New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) Seed Equity for Economic Development (SEED) capacity grant program.
  • New Hampshire Planners Association (NHPA)
    The New Hampshire Planners Association promotes, assists, and supports the professional planner in the goal of achieving planning excellence to improve the quality of life today and tomorrow in New Hampshire's communities.
  • Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA)
    This chapter of APA, representing Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, provides a forum for citizens and professional planners to exchange ideas, discuss pressing issues and participate in professional development activities.
  • Planning Commissioners Journal
    Now in its 13th year, the Planning Commissioners Journal is the nation's principal publication designed for citizen planners, including (but certainly not limited to) members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. Over 7,500 citizen planners in all 50 states receive the PCJ.
  • PLANetizen
    PLANetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design and development community. We provide a daily, one-stop source for urban planning news, job opportunities, commentary and events.
  • State-Capitol Region Planning Commission
    The State-Capitol Region Planning Commission recommends to appropriate state and Concord agencies an orderly plan for the development of the central government area and facilities in the City of Concord and adjacent towns.
  • Vermont Planners Association (VPA)
    The Vermont Planners Association is an organization made up of public and private sector planners, zoning administrators, landscape architects, community development officials, engineering consultants, developers, and others from across the Green Mountain State. The organization is dedicated to advancing the art and science of land use planning in the state of Vermont and beyond.

Municipal Associations, NPO's, and other resources

  • The Active Living Network
    Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. The Active Living Network promotes activity-friendly community design, which creates safe and convenient opportunities for people to walk or bike between destinations.
  • Center for Land Conservation Assistance
    The Center for Land Conservation Assistance (CLCA) provides support for groups and individuals seeking to conserve land in New Hampshire. CLCA provides direct assistance, referrals, education, information about funding and training opportunities and networking. CLCA provides support to and facilitates cooperation between the many land trusts in New Hampshire, as well as to conservation commissions and others.
  • Community Matters
    Community Matters is a commons for individuals and organizations working to steer change, engage citizens and build strong, vibrant communities from the ground up. CommunityMatters is a project of the Orton Family Foundation, in collaboration with other partners. Read more about Who We Are.
  • EcoIQ Land Planning & Conservation
    The Land Use website is for everyone interested in making smart choices about land use in our communities – choices that are both economically and ecologically intelligent. incorporates other topic-focused sites covering the most important subjects in understanding and managing the coming transition to sustainability. It is also the hub of the Eco Family of websites.
  • Granite State Future
    This project, coordinated by the State's nine regional planning commissions (RPCs), is a local and regional dialogue among businesses and non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and voters, newcomers and long-term residents to consider the critical question: how should we plan for the future?
  • HEAL NH - Healthy Eating Active Living
    Established in 2008, HEAL is a network of state and community partners dedicated to advancing population-based approaches to reduce the prevalence of obesity and chronic disease in New Hampshire. HEAL aims to improve access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity, prioritizing its work in communities and populations with the greatest health disparities.
  • The Jordan Institute
    The Jordan Institute works to implement significant climate change solutions by reducing energy use in buildings. Energy reduction is the fastest, most cost-effetive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as buildings represent 59% of all energy use in the state. Energy efficiency measures are available immediately, at reasonable cost, and yield tremendous gains in building performance.
  • Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP)
    The intent of the program is to conserve and preserve this state's most important natural, cultural, and historical resources through the acquisition of lands, and cultural and historical resources, or interests therein, of local, regional, and statewide significance, in partnership with the state's municipalities and the private sector, for the primary purposes of protecting and ensuring the perpetual contribution of these resources to the state's economy, environment, and overall quality of life.
  • New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commissions (NHACC)
    NHACC is a nonprofit conservation organization that provides education and assistance to New Hampshire's local conservation commissions.
  • New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHBMPP)
    This is a comprehensive program that seeks to understand where broadband is currently available in NH, how it can be made more widely available in the future, and how to encourage increased levels of broadband adoption and usage. We recognize that a vibrant local and state economy requires broadband infrastructure to support economic development, energy efficiency, advances in health care, and improved educational opportunities, as well as the knowledge base and resources to effectively utilize that infrastructure.
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
    Over nearly five decades, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has launched initiatives and built trusted partnerships with individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. These partners represent many different backgrounds, income levels and political sensibilities. Our work together is living proof that collaboration better serves the public good.
  • New Hampshire Citizen Planner
    The NH Citizen Planner Collaborative began to develop in 2007 with several state organizations and municipal land use board members who wanted to create alternative opportunities for lay citizen planners (land use boards) to gain access to existing training and create a "one-stop shop" for those board members to find future training opportunities and network.
  • New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
    New Hampshire Housing is your Statewide Housing Resource! We promote, finance and support affordable housing opportunities and related services for New Hampshire families and individuals, and we serve as the primary source for housing data.
  • New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA)
    This non-profit association provides a host of services to communities including, legal, legislative, communications, finance, personnel, low-cost insurances, training and more.
  • New Hampshire Preservation Alliance
    The N.H. Preservation Alliance is a non-profit, membership-based organization that helps community leaders and property owners save and revitalize our irreplaceable historic landmarks and communities to contribute to the quality, the character, and the economic vitality of the state.
  • Northeast Resource Recovery Association
    In 1981, four New Hampshire municipalities founded the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (Co-op), then called the New Hampshire Resource Recovery Association, to provide a clearinghouse for current, up to date information and a source of technical and marketing assistance in the general areas of waste reduction and recycling.
  • Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP)
    The mission of Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is to protect and improve the water quality and overall health of the region's two estuaries – Great Bay & Hampton-Seabrook. We monitor and research the region's water ways, encourage all who live, work and play on the Seacoast to take actions to help protect and preserve the places we love, support development patterns that protect water quality, maintain open spaces and important habitat, and restore estuarine resources.
  • Plan NH
    A forum to improve the New Hampshire community through excellence in planning, design, and development.
  • Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England (SSSNNE)
    The Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England is a nonprofit, professional organization of soil scientists, dedicated to the advancement of soil science. The Society seeks to educate itself and the public in the wise use of soil resources and natural resource information, thus contributing to the general human welfare and quality of life.
  • The Stewardship Network: New England initiative is funded by the U.S Forest Service and the National Science Foundation through the New Hampshire and Maine EPSCoR Program's New England Sustainability Consortium. Other support comes from UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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