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Growth Management

  • HB 1260 (Ch. 360, 2008) AN ACT relative to growth management ordinances. Reforms the local growth management (GMO) enabling statutes, RSA 674:22 and 23 by requiring that the adoption of a GMO be based on a need or capital infrastructure deficiency established through a study that "shall consider the municipality's projected growth rate and the municipality's need for additional services to accommodate such growth." It also requires the planning board to annually assess the municipality's progress toward meeting the identified needs or deficiencies and that the ordinance itself contain a specific termination date. The law took effect on July 8, 2008, but those municipalities that already had a GMO in place will have until July 1, 2010, to make revisions to comply with the new law.
  • "How to Planning Guide Series" publications from the Strafford Regional Planning Commission
  • See the results of the Municipal Land Use Regulation Annual Survey for municipalities with Growth Management Ordinances (RSA 674:22) or Interim Growth Management Ordinances (RSA 674:23).

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