Upcoming GACIT Hearings
The GACIT hearings have been finalized for September and October 2017, to here public input and comment about the 2019-2028 Draft Ten Year Plan.
There will be a total of 19 hearings throughout the state, many of them cohosted by two Executive Councilors.
Click here for more information
2017 Municipal Law Lecture Series
2 Full Day Workshops with 3 Lectures
NHMA Law Lectures start on September 23rd in Gorham. The 3 lectures will run back to back from 9 am - 4:30 pm on Saturday September 23rd (Gorham) and Saturday October 14th (Concord).
These lectures are intended for municipal officials with an interest in or responsibility for any aspect of municipal land use regulation, including members of planning and zoning boards, planners, land use administrators, select boards, town and city councilors, building inspectors, code enforcement officers, and public works personnel.
The cost is $100 which includes the lectures and continental breakfast & lunch.
Click here to register for the September 23rd session
Click here to register for the October 14th session
Local Tax Incentive Programs for Economic Development
NEW House Bill 316 – Effective 8/28/17
This bill is relative to a statewide property tax exemption for commercial and industrial construction.
Click here to read the full text of the bill
Economic Revitalization Zone tax credit
This is a short-term business tax credit for projects that improve infrastructure and create jobs in designated areas of a municipality.
Click here to visit the NH Economic Development page with more information on this tax credit, FAQs, and applications.
Tax Increment Financing
This is a method of financing public improvements with the incremental taxes created by new construction, expansion, or renovation of property within a defined area of the community.
Click here to visit the NH Office of Energy and Planning page for more information
Click here for the full text of the RSA 162.k statute
Community Revitalization Tax Incentive
This encourages investment in downtowns and village centers. It provides a tax incentive for the rehabilitation and active use of under-utilized commercial buildings and, in so doing, aims to promote strong local economies and smart, sustainable growth as an alternative to sprawl. The tax incentive must be adopted at the local level before it can be offered to property-owners.
Click here to visit the NH Preservation Alliance site for more information
Register for the NH Salt Symposium
Earlybird Deadline is August 22nd
Historic New England Workshop - "Living with Your Old House"
Historic New England announces an upcoming workshop for old house owners. Co-sponsored with Historic Windsor, Inc./Preservation Education Institute, “Living with Your Old House” will take place on Saturday, September 16, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Windsor Welcome Center, Windsor, Vermont. The workshop will cover repairing old windows, weatherization and energy efficiency techniques that work in old houses, the benefits of setting a regular maintenance schedule, and how to choose period-appropriate exterior paint colors. This flyer provides further information.
We would appreciate any assistance you can offer in publicizing this event to homeowners in your communities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Charlotte Barrett, Community Preservation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 989-4723.
Register now for our upcoming Solid Waste Roundtable event!
Recycling: Is it worth it?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM*
Humiston Building Conference Room*
(driveway is for 14 High Street)
Meredith, NH 03253
*Please note that this is a different time and location than past events in this series.
- some of the factors controlling the market,
- how some Lakes Region communities are dealing with the current market, and
- some steps that can be taken to improve your community’s chances.
This event will provide attendees with 2.0 hours of Continuing Professional Development hours to go towards their NH Solid Waste Operator Certification.
If you know anyone else who may be interested in this event please forward this invitation on to them. All are welcome.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 15th. You can RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 279-5334
Headwaters Economics toolset
Economic Profile System
We were recently introduced to the Headwaters Economics Toolset. Using these report generators you can download socioeconomic reports of communities, counties, & states, including aggregations and comparisons. The Economic Profile System (EPS) uses federal data sources, including the Bureaus of Economic Analysis, Census, & others. EPS is also known as the Human Dimensions Toolkit by the Forest Service.
We'd like to thank UNH Cooperative Extension for providing us reports for all of the towns in the Lakes Region. Click the links below to view the reports. They will also be available on the towns' pages.
Please note: This information changes frequently. These reports were generated on July 14th. For more up to date information please use the tool to generate your own reports.
Conservation Moose Plate Grant Funds Available
The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) announces the availability of the 2018 Conservation “Moose Plate” Grant application. Funds are available for projects that support and promote programs and partnerships that protect, restore, and enhance the state’s valuable natural resources.
Eligible applicants include municipalities, County Conservation Districts, qualified nonprofit organizations engaged in conservation programs, public and private schools (kindergarten through 12), County Cooperative Extension natural resource programs, and scout groups.
Grant Applications are due on September 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in December 2017 and funding will be available to successful applicants in May 2018.
The 2018 Conservation Grant Application Instructions and Application Form may be downloaded from the SCC website SCC.nh.gov. For SCC grant program inquires, contact Dea Brickner-Wood, Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
The NH State Conservation Committee’s grant program is funded through the purchase of Conservation License Plates, known as “Moose Plates”. All funds raised through the purchase of Moose Conservation and Heritage Plates are used for the promotion, protection and investment in New Hampshire's natural, cultural and historic resources. To buy a Moose Plate, visit your municipal office and request one when registering your vehicle. Gift certificates may be purchase at www.mooseplate.com.
Click here to view original press release
Notice of Funding Availability: Community Development Block Grant funds for Housing and Public Facilities
CDFA is now accepting applications for the second round of 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing and Public Facilities funds. Approximately $1.7 million in CDBG funds is estimated to be available for this round.
All applications for CDBG Housing and Public Facilities grants must be received by CDFA through its online grants management system (https://nhcdfagrants.org/) by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 28, 2017.
Eligible Applicants and Activities
Eligible applicants for CDBG funds include most New Hampshire incorporated counties, cities, and towns. A nonprofit agency may also apply through its municipality or county as a sub-recipient of CDBG funds. All eligible municipalities and counties may apply for up to $500,000 in CDBG funds per year.
Please note the federally-designated entitlement communities of Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Rochester are ineligible to apply as they receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.
Affordable housing and housing rehabilitation grants provide a municipality with the funds to purchase, rehabilitate, expand, and improve the condition and supply of housing for low- and moderate-income homeowners and tenants.
Public Facilities grants include water and waste water system improvements, transitional and homeless shelters, sidewalks, handicapped access, and neighborhood or community centers that provide public services to low- and moderate-income people.
Additional Information on the CDBG Program
Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 authorized the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The primary purpose of the CDBG program is the development of viable communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income people. The program is sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the New Hampshire program is administered through the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).
The Town of Sanbornton is looking to hire a new Town Planner
Click here for more information
Click here for a detailed job description
Resumes and cover letters should be directed to:
PO Box 124
Sanbornton, NH 03269
WARNING!! PHISHING EMAILS FROM LRPC
Several emails have been sent from an LRPC email via Dropbox. The subject line was “[NAME] shared “Legal_Development_Report.pdf’ with you” and it contained a link to open that document or an attachment. This email was NOT sent by any member of our staff. DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT as it may contain malicious material.
We are taking all precautions to secure our email accounts and our Dropbox account and verify that our computers and network are safe and virus free. This is a known phishing scam, the Better Business Bureau wrote about it last year. Click here to read that post. Dropbox also has information here on their website about best practices when it comes to protecting yourself against attackers and scammers who may be using their website. Other staff members have received similar emails from outside sources (and not opened the attachments) so it seems that scam is making the rounds again. Please be aware of this and similar scams and never open attachments or click links in emails that look suspicious. Any time you receive an email from someone you know or an organization you work with that has an attachment you were not expecting it’s always best to reach out to that person or get in touch with that organization directly (not by replying to the suspicious email).
We’d like to thank everyone who brought this email to our attention so we were able to take action as quickly as possible. We’ve also forwarded the email to Dropbox to notify them about the attempt. If you received one of these emails and would like to forward it to Dropbox as well, the email address is email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Laurel Briere at firstname.lastname@example.org or 279-5334.
UPDATE ON PHISHING EMAILS FROM LRPC
This week several emails were sent from an LRPC email via Dropbox. The subject line was “[NAME] shared “Legal_Development_Report.pdf’ with you” and it contained a link to open that document or an attachment. This email was NOT sent by any member of our staff. DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT as it may contain malicious material.
We have taken all precautions to secure our email accounts and our Dropbox account and verify that our computers and network are safe and virus free. To our knowledge, the malicious activity has been stopped and nothing new has been sent out. We are keeping an eye on things to make sure it stays that way.
We’d like to thank everyone who brought this email to our attention so we were able to take action as quickly as possible. If you received one of these emails and would like to forward it to Dropbox as well, the email address is email@example.com. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Laurel Briere at firstname.lastname@example.org or 279-5334.
NH Department of Health and Human Services Urges Residents to Take Precautions Against Multiple Diseases Carried by Ticks
Press Release: May 16, 2017
Concord, NH – The ticks are already out in New Hampshire, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) wants to remind people living in and visiting the State to take precautions against being bitten by ticks and potentially exposed to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. New Hampshire has one of the highest incidence rates of Lyme in the country. According to the DHHS Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), there were an estimated 1,373 cases of Lyme disease identified in the State in 2015, the most recent year for which data are available.
Click here to view the full press release.
Study Shows that the Vulnerability of Granite Staters in Hot Weather and Prompts New Actions to Protect Public Health
Press Release: May 10, 2017
Concord, NH — A new study of heat and its impact on health in three New England states including New Hampshire, provides local information about how much people’s health suffers in hot weather. The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Research, shows that hospital emergency department visits and deaths from all causes in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island increased significantly, by 7.5 and 5.1 percent, respectively, on days when the heat index reached 95 degrees as compared with days with a maximum heat index of 75 degrees. Heat index is a combined measure of heat and humidity that reflects what the weather feels like as higher humidity makes conditions feel even warmer during hot weather.
Click here to view the full press release.
Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Assistance Program
Deadline June 20, 2017
On April 18th, EPA released the 2017 Request for Proposals for the Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) Clean Diesel Assistance Program. The DERA grant program seeks to reduce diesel emissions through a variety of activities, including engine modifications and vehicle and engine replacements. Projects can be reimbursed for 25 percent to 100 percent of the project cost. Eligible projects include replacement of diesel vehicles/engines in on-road trucks, buses, trains, marine vessels, construction equipment, non-road vehicles and generators. The maximum amount of Federal funds that can be requested per proposal is $950,000. Proposals are due not later that Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time in order to be considered for funding. NHDES is available to assist with the development of applications for these competitive federal funds.
Eligible entities include regional, state, or local agencies, tribal governments (or intertribal consortia) and native villages, or port authorities, which have jurisdiction over transportation or air quality, and nonprofit organizations or institutions that: a) represent or provide pollution reduction or educational services to persons or organizations that own or operate diesel fleets or b) have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality.
Please distribute this information to your stakeholders and agencies (i.e. municipal public works departments, transit/school bus operators, fire departments, etc.) that could benefit from this program. There is additional information on the DERA program available on the EPA website at:
Additionally, NHDES will also have some limited DERA funding (approximately $150,000) available through the State Clean Diesel Program. Funding is available for businesses, individuals and local or state agencies with vehicles and equipment operating primarily in New Hampshire. Additional information on this funding is available at:
New blog post by the NH Watershed Protection and Restoration Forum
Ever wonder why being near, in, on or under the water makes you feel so good?
Find out from New York Times Best Selling Author Wallace J. Nichols at the 2017 Congress – early bird registration ends May 15
On Friday, June 2, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of the New York Times Best Seller Blue Mind, will present the keynote address “Blue Lakes, Blue Mind—Go Deeper” at the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) 2017 Lakes Congress.
Blue Mind is the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or underwater can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do.
The 2017 Lakes Congress, presented by the Grappone Automotive Group and hosted by NH LAKES, will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 1, and all-day on Friday, June 2, at the Inn at Church Landing along beautiful Meredith Bay.
Approximately 200 lake enthusiasts, natural resource professionals, and state agency staff, municipal officials, and business leaders will gather together at this 24th annual education, training, and networking event.
The event will kick off on the evening of Thursday, June 1, with Ron Guilmette, author and photographer, who will present his award-winning coffee-table book Islands of Winnipesaukee. This exquisite book documents the author’s kayaking adventures to all of Lake Winnipesaukee’s 250+ islands, and contains more than
275 photos and many interesting anecdotes and fun facts about the lake and its islands. Copies of the book will be on sale at the event and the author will be available for signings.
On Friday, June 2, after the ground-breaking keynote address on Blue Mind delivered by Dr. Wallace, attendees will have a deeper understanding of their personal connection to water and inspiration to help others tune into the ‘Blue Mind’ mindset. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshop sessions addressing topics including lake-friendly landscaping, dealing with wildlife conflicts at the water’s edge, maintaining dirt roads, managing runoff water, preventing and managing aquatic invasive species, and much more.
To learn more about the 2017 Lakes Congress and to register, visit www.nhlakes.org/lakes-congress. Register by Monday, May 15, to receive early-bird discounted rates.
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Office of Energy and Planning 4/29/17 Planning and Zoning Conference
The Office of Energy and Planning held its 23rd annual Planning and Zoning conference on Saturday, April 29, 2017. We had 374 people registered for the conference from 115 communities throughout the state. It was a great conference thanks to all of the speakers, participants, and volunteers!
The presentation slides and handouts from the conference sessions are now available on the Office of Energy and Planning website. Click here to visit their webpage.
The link to these presentations will also be available under External Resources and on our Latest News page.
LRPC's 46th Annual Meeting, June 26, 2017
Tickets on sale now!
The deadline for award nominations, May 8th, is fast approaching and the deadline for sponsorships is right behind it on May 15th. So don't delay! Get your nomination forms in today! Links with more information are below.
Invitations for the event are being printed but why wait? Reserve your tickets today by clicking here! Act fast, though, because space is limited. You can either purchase your tickets through Eventbrite or reserve them and pay via check or through Paypal. If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact LRPC Executive Assistant Laurel Briere by email or phone at 603-279-5334.
Please click here for more information about the awards and how to submit nominations. Please note that all nomination forms must be received by May 8th to be considered.
The Kim Ayers Award
The Award of Excellence
The Community Service Award
Please click here for more information on the sponsorship levels and how to reach us. Any sponsors need to be confirmed by May 15th to be included in the meeting announcements.
Safe Routes to School - Funding Availability
A limited pool of funds is available to plan for Safe Routes to School (SRTS). Awards are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Potential sponsors should contact John Corrigan, SRTS Coordinator for an orientation and required pre-application workshop. This one hundred percent reimbursement program offers three types of non-infrastructure awards:
- Startup - up to $5,000 per school. Examples include bicycle and pedestrian safety programs; incentive prizes such as helmets, pedometers, and water bottles for participating youngsters; healthy snacks for children and volunteers; and costs for publicizing an event. Startup awards are a good way to support an event during both Bike-to-School Day or International Walk-to-School Day and Month.
- Travel Plans - up to $15,000 per school. Communities are often assisted by their Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to develop travel plans. The purpose is to: illustrate the connections between residential neighborhoods and nearby schools; define the best existing or potential route or routes between destinations; most plans identify infrastructure needed to make the route safe and convenient for children; and describe any non-infrastructure efforts to encourage use of the new and existing facilities. Awards can include up to $5,000 per school for engineering consulting services.
- General Non-infrastructure - up to $10,000. For communities that have initiated SRTS programs or may need more funds than are available under the startup awards. These will be particularly useful in communities that have already built new infrastructure but need to work on encouraging safe walking and bicycling.
LRPC's 46th Annual Meeting, June 26, 2017
Some updates as we plan our upcoming event
Spring is here! That means it's time to plan our biggest event of the year: The Lakes Region Planning Commission Annual Meeting. This meeting is an opportunity to celebrate everything that we've accomplished in the past year, and present awards to several individuals and organizations for their contributions to the Lakes Region.
This year the meeting is going to be held at the beautiful Wolfeboro Inn on Monday, June 26. We've invited the Honorable Governor Christopher T. Sununu to be our keynote speaker for the evening.
Currently we're in the process of reaching out to many businesses and organizations in the area to see if they'd be interested in sponsoring the event. Unfortunately, we're not always able to reach everyone who'd like to help. If you or your organization are interesting in sponsoring the Annual Meeting please click here for more information on the sponsorship levels and how to reach us. Any sponsors need to be confirmed by May 15th to be included in the meeting announcements.
We're also looking for nominations for several awards given during the event. Please click here for more information about the awards and how to submit nominations. If you'd like to nominate any individual or organization for any of these awards, links to the nomination forms are below. Please note that all nomination forms must be received by May 8th to be considered.
The Kim Ayers Award
The Award of Excellence
The Community Service Award
Northern Border Regional Commission Accepting Applications
Information sessions set for Wolfeboro and Lancaster
Applications for projects that strengthen economic and infrastructure development in the state’s four rural counties are now available from the Northern Border Regional Commission.
Created by the US Congress in 2008 to offset challenging economies in the rural Northeast, the commission seeks applications to fund projects across the 36-county region of northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. New Hampshire organizations in Carroll, Coos, Sullivan and within eligible communities in Grafton Counties can apply; applications are due June 2.
Grant proposals can be for projects including transportation, telecommunication and basic public infrastructure; workforce development; entrepreneurship, technology, or business development; resource conservation, tourism and recreation, or publicly owned renewable energy development and projects for basic health care and other public services are also eligible.
Information sessions will be held from 1-3 pm, April 7 at the Wolfeboro Town Hall and 1-3 pm, April 10 at the North Country Resources Center, Lancaster.
The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development will coordinate applications for the state. When the rankings are complete, Gov. Chris Sununu will put forward the priority projects to the commission.
In 2016, the NRBC awarded 12 grants, totaling over $1.5 million to the towns of Northumberland; Littleton, Ashland and the city of Berlin; the Grafton Regional Development Corp.: the New England Ski Museum; River Valley Community College; the University of New Hampshire; Solider On; Tri-County CAP; Friends of Wentworth Park; the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Eastern Slope Airport, Fryeburg, Maine, part of a multi-state application.
For more information about applying for the grant program, contact Mollie Kaylor at the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development at 271-2341 or email@example.com. The application package is available at http://nbrc.gov/.
Register Now for the 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference
Clean drinking water is vital to public health and the potential for future economic development. Even very small quantities of contaminating substances in lakes, rivers, or aquifers can limit their use as sources of clean drinking water. Local land use policy, open space planning, and conservation tailored to protecting these resources promote public health and ensure a long-term supply of clean drinking water. Consequently, there are important roles for local officials to play in protecting currently operating public water systems as well as water resources that can serve as future sources of drinking water.
Each year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) convenes a conference concerning how to protect local drinking water resources that is designed for local planners, conservation commissioners, water supply managers, and other local leaders. This conference has become the largest drinking water “source protection” event in New England and is the only statewide event focused solely on how to protect local sources of drinking water.
Thursday, May 18, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2017 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This is the largest drinking water source protection event in New England! This year’s conference will feature presentations on:
- PFCs and other emerging contaminants
- Land conservation and its benefits to drinking water source protection
- Status of the Drought and efforts to manage its impacts
- Sessions that discuss the challenges of toxic cyanobacteria for drinking water sources
The conference fee is $60 and includes lunch and refreshments. Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.
REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website
Registration questions? Contact Win Saltmarsh at AGWT: firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-228-5444.
Other questions? Contact Amy Hudnor at NHDES: email@example.com or 603-271-2950.
Healthy Living Active Living - New Healthy Food and Food Access Report
During the fall of 2016, an assessment was conducted of healthy food access activities and initiatives across the statewide HEAL Community Network. The aim was to identify opportunities to better integrate and elevate food-systems work throughout the network.
This newly published report includes an extensive inventory of projects across the network and recommended actions for improving access to healthy foods within communities, schools, workplaces, and hospitals.Click here to view the report
The Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, as Lead Agency for Carroll County Regional Coordinating Council (CCRCC) will be submitting applications for up to $120,246 of FTA Section 5310 Purchase of Service funding for FY18-19 and $32,385 of FTA Section 5310 Formula Funding for FY18. The purpose of this funding is to expand transportation services for the elderly and disabled in Carroll County. Transportation providers currently accessing these funds are Tri-County CAP, the Gibson Center for Senior Services, and Carroll County RSVP. It is anticipated those providers will again provide eligible service, but any other interested transportation providers serving the elderly and disabled in Carroll County contact Nicholas Altonaga no later than February 13, 2017 to inquire about funding eligibility.
All questions or comments can be directed towards Nicholas Altonaga, North Country Council, (603) 444-6303, ext. 21, David Jeffers Lakes Region Planning Commission (603) 279-5341, or Jac Cuddy, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, Executive Director, (603) 447-6622.
Be Well Informed About Your Well Water
Have you had your well water tested recently? New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) recommends private well owners test their well water every three to five years for pollutants commonly found in New Hampshire's groundwater. The NHDES has created a tool to help you understand your water test results and, if your well water does have any pollutants in it, provide information about health concerns and water treatment choices.
What is LUCA?
The 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation. Click here to learn more about what it is and how you can become a part of it.