Latest News

Local Source Water Protection Grant Application Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2023 Local Source Water Protection Grant Program on the NHDES website. This grant program offers funding for organizations that are interested in protecting current or future sources of drinking water.

Applicants are eligible to receive up to $30,000 for a source protection project that addresses climate/weather-related challenges – such as drought or stormwater management. Applicants can also receive up to $25,000 for non-climate related source protection projects.

In past grant rounds, regional planning commissions have worked with their member communities on many different source water protection projects, in many cases reviewing and updating local codes or ordinances. NHDES has published several model ordinances designed to protect aquifers, lakes/ponds and rivers used as sources of drinking water and reduce discretionary water use during state-declared droughts. These model ordinances provide communities in your region an opportunity to consider how they may improve local protection of their local sources of drinking water.

If you are interested in applying for Local Source Water Protection Grant funds to complete a source water protection project in your region, the application deadline is November 1, 2022. Please feel free to email me to indicate your interest. We are happy to host a meeting to discuss ideas or opportunities, or to provide some more information about the grant application process.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Melissa Macheras
Source Protection Coordinator
Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau, NHDES

LRPC Annual Meeting | 2022 Annual Awards
The award winners are --  
Award of Excellence: 
The Andover Community Hub 
Belknap EDC & City of Laconia 
Lakes Region Community Developers 
Meredith Village Pathways Committee 
Moultonborough Heritage Commission 
Community Service Award: 
Amelia Capone-Muccio 
Edward “Rusty” McLear 
Kenneth Mertz 
Congratulations to all recipients! 

Congratulations to our 2022 Preservation Achievement Award Winners!

Nine rescue, rehabilitation, and revitalization projects and two outstanding leaders of the preservation movement were unveiled on May 3. The 2022 Preservation Alliance's Preservation Achievement Award winners include the preservation of rare and iconic properties, stewardship of community assets and gathering places, and community development successes.   

“It is wonderful for us to have the opportunity to honor people who are making a difference in communities across the state,” said Nicholas Mitchell, chairman of the Preservation Alliance board of directors. “These are the kinds of places we can’t imagine New Hampshire without," said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance, “and we hope these awards help inspired more preservation activity.” 
Click here to learn more.

LRPC 55th Annual Meeting
Save the Date!  6.29.22
We are excited to invite you to celebrate the kick-off of our 55th year working together to improve the future of the Lakes Region.  This is going to be a wonderful evening under an open-air castle tent to celebrate our collective achievements over the last 55 years, honor award recipients, and learn about the Franklin Whitewater Park which is reshaping outdoor recreation in New Hampshire.  There will be a gourmet banquet dinner, prizes, gifts, and awards as well as a great opportunity to spend the night with other Lakes Region and New Hampshire community leaders.  We hope you will join us for this celebration at the Mojalaki Country Club on June 29th with networking and a cash bar starting at 4:30 PM.  Registration and ticket purchases are being conducted through Eventbrite:  Please RSVP by June 1st so we have an accurate head count for the caterer.  We look forward to seeing you!
View PDF of postcard or click on the images below 

Cooperative Public Process for Transportation Planning Efforts for Nonmetropolitan Areas of NH

July 28, 2021 — Public Comment Period Closed

The 60-day comment period is now closed for NHDOT's draft document on Cooperative Public Process for Transportation Planning Efforts for Nonmetropolitan Areas of NH.

View Document 

Public Workshop on Winnisquam Watershed Based Plan
Winnisquam Watershed Based Plan
Public Workshop
Tuesday, May 18  |  4:30–6:00 PM 
Read More  |  Register Here

LCHIP 2021 Virtual Grant Workshops on April 29 and May 5
Registration is now open for LCHIP's 2021 Grant Workshops
LCHIP offers Grant Orientation workshops each year and requires that someone from each applicant organization attend within five years of the application. Attending as close as possible to the year applying is especially important for first time applicants. This year there will be separate Zoom webinar workshops for historic and natural resource applicants. 
The LCHIP Historic Resources Grant Orientation Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, 9:30–11:30 AM. It will provide guidance in developing a successful project proposal. Registration is required and you can find the workshop registration information here.
The LCHIP Natural Resources Grant Orientation Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, 8:30 AM–12:30 PM. Six New Hampshire programs offering grants for natural resource conservation projects will provide an overview of their funding priorities, eligibility requirements, funds available, and application process and timeline. A list of workshop presenters and a tentative agenda can be found here. Registration is required and you can find the online workshop registration information here.
Please refer to the full 2021 Grant Round Schedule for all deadlines and important grant round events.
LCHIP Workshop Questions?
For questions about a potential natural resource project proposal, contact Paula Bellemore, Natural Resource Specialist.
For questions about a potential historic resource project proposal, contact George Born, Historic Resource Specialist.
For general LCHIP questions, contact Barb Beers, Office Manager or Dijit Taylor, Executive Director.
NHOSI Virtual Half-Day Conference - Registration Required
NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
27th Annual Spring Planning & Zoning Conference
Saturday, May 15, 2021 
View Flyer
VIRTUAL HALF-DAY EVENT  |  Registration opens March 29

NHOSI Monthly Webinar Series
Welcome to the Board:
An Introduction to Land Use Boards
Thursday, April 15, 2021  |  12:00-1:00 PM
View Details to Register by April 12

NBRC Grant Application Workshop
Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)
Grant Application Workshop
Thursday, April 1, 2021  |  9:00-10:00 AM
View Zoom Invitation 
View Grant Details 

NBRC Program Funding Changes and Timeline for 2021
Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC)
2021 State Economic & Infrastructure Development Program
Overview of Programmatic Changes
2021 SEID Grant Program Timeline

Public Hearing Notice

Community Development Block Grant Project
March 9, 2021
10:00 AM
3855 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH 03774
The Grafton County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 9th, 2021 at 10:00 AM at 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy #1 in North Haverhill, NH, to hear public comment on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Microenterprise grant application proposal to the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). This meeting will also be made available virtually through video link or phone via Zoom.

The meeting can be accessed via this link:
Or by phone at: US (New York) +1 646 558 8656, Meeting ID: 849 3770 5955 Passcode: 177096
The purpose of this hearing is to provide a status update for the Grafton County Commissioner’s CDBG Microenterprise program and gather comments about the project’s performance. The update to be heard includes:
  1. Progress review of the 2020-21 CDBG Microenterprise Program including a project status report, expected timeline to completion, project results to date, and a budget summary. The CDBG funds were sub-granted to multiple entities, including Belknap Economic Development Council (BEDC), Coos Economic Development Council (COOSEDC), Grafton County Regional Development Corporation (GRDC), North Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and Women’s Rural Enterprise Network (WREN), for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to low- and moderate-income microenterprises.
Interested persons are invited to attend and comment on the proposed application and planning documents. Please contact the Commissioner’s office at (603) 787-6941 at least five days in advance if you need assistance to attend or participate in the hearing. Anyone wishing to submit written comments should address them to the Grafton County Commissioners at 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH 03774.
Grafton County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  
View/Download Notice
Public Hearing Notice

Community Development Block Grant Project
March 9, 2021
10:30 AM
3855 Dartmouth College Highway
North Haverhill, NH 03774

The Grafton County Commissioners will hold two consecutive public hearings on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 10:30 AM at 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy #1 in North Haverhill, NH, to hear public comment on a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Microenterprise grant application proposal to the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).

This meeting will also be made available virtually through video link or phone via Zoom.  The meeting can be accessed via this link:
Or by phone at: US (New York) +1 646 558 8656, Meeting ID: 849 3770 5955 Passcode: 177096
The purpose of these hearings is to provide information regarding the CDBG program and the specific proposal to be considered by Commissioners. Up to $500,000 annually is available on a competitive basis for housing/public facilities, economic development, microenterprise, and emergency activities that directly benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Up to $25,000 is available for feasibility study grants. The proposal to be heard includes:
  1. A proposed Microenterprise grant application to be submitted by Grafton County for up to $500,000 in CDBG funds. A portion of the funds will be sub-granted to multiple entities, including Belknap Economic Development Council (BEDC), Coos Economic Development Council (CEDC), Grafton County Regional Development Corporation (GRDC), North Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), and Women’s Rural Enterprise Network (WREN), for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to low- and moderate-income microenterprises.
  1. Review and adoption of the Grafton County Commissioner’s Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Plan (RARA).
Interested persons are invited to attend and comment on the proposed application and planning documents. Please contact the Commissioner’s office at (603) 787-6941 at least five days in advance if you need assistance to attend or participate in the hearing. Anyone wishing to submit written comments should address them to the Grafton County Commissioners at 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH 03774.
Grafton County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.  
View/Download Notice
Transportation Alternatives Program - Grant funding round to open in January 2021

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) will open a new round of grant funding in early January. Requirements and submission deadlines are not available yet, but this is a good time to start thinking about potential bicycle, pedestrian or other non-motorized infrastructure projects. Nine municipal projects were funded during the 2018 grant round, so this is a competitive program.

Applicants will be asked to submit a letter of interest to NHDOT with basic project information for consideration, including the scope of the project and cost estimates. As materials detailing the requirements and submission deadlines become available, they will be posted at:  

Update:  Letters of Interest due by midnight, Friday, February 5, 2021.

The overall purpose of TAP is to foster non-motorized transportation infrastructure that is safe, and accessible.

Projects are limited to the following eligible activities:
  • Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other users of non-motorized forms.
  • Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.
  • Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure activities eligible under §1404 of SAFETEA–LU (20% match required).
  • Projects will require at least a 20% match provided by the applicant.
Visit the TAP web page or contact Thomas Jameson, P.E., TAP Program Manager, at the NHDOT Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance (603) 271-3462, for more information.
LCHIP 2020 Grant Recipients Announced, December 2020
New Hampshire's Land & Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) announces 32 recipients of their 2020 grant round, which include 5 projects in four Lakes Region communities: 
 Belmont • Effingham • Northfield • Tilton
LCHIP Announcement
2020 Grant Recipients
NH Business Review Article

Communities & Consequences II - Rebalancing New Hampshire's Human Ecology
Join us November 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM or a virtual discussion and Q&A with
authors Peter Francese and Lorraine Merrill about their new book and NHPBS film 
Communities & Consequences II:
Rebalancing New Hampshire's Human Ecology
View the book  |  View the film 

2020 Virtual Land Use Law Conference

This will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31st from 8:45am-3:00 pm. Learn more about the virtual event here.
NHDES Releases New Hampshire Lake Trend Report

For Immediate Release  August 31, 2020
CONTACT: Kirsten Nelson,;David Neils,
NHDES Releases New Hampshire Lake Trend Report
Concord, NH - The Watershed Management Bureau (WMB), Water Division, of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has released a new report entitled “New Hampshire Lake Trend Report: Status and trends of water quality indicators”. The report documents long-term trends and short-term changes to the ecological condition of 150 lakes and ponds in New Hampshire that participate in the volunteer lake assessment program (VLAP). The report capitalizes on the state’s long term commitment to surface water quality monitoring by generating data summaries of water quality indicators such as pH, alkalinity, temperature, and many others, that describe the current conditions and relative comparisons among and between lakes.
Specifically, the report describes how New Hampshire’s lakes are experiencing an increase in specific conductance, potentially the result of the use of salt in the winter months as a deicing agent. Also, the report describes that the percentage of monitored beaches issued a fecal bacteria advisory and the number of days an advisory was in place significantly increased from 2003 to 2018. And further, the report found improvements in water quality indicators associated with acid rain and relatively stable levels of the nutrients that cause algal blooms. Last, the data are clear that the lakes in the report are experiencing earlier ice out dates and warmer water temperatures, potential indicators of climate change impacts.
This is the first report of this kind and is scheduled to be released in five-year increments as described in the NHDES Water Monitoring Strategy.    
To access the full lake trend report, please visit:
To access a brief summary of the report, please visit:
To access the Water Monitoring Strategy, please visit:
For more information, please contact Kirsten Nelson, NHDES Watershed Management Bureau, at or (603) 271-1152.

Transportation: Ten Year Plan Proposals due August 31

The LRPC is currently seeking proposals for the 2021-2032 Ten Year Plan (TYP).
Applications are due to LRPC by August 31, 2020.|

Sanbornton holds third meeting on 5-year update of its Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Sanbornton Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee will meet virtually via Zoom on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM. This is the third public meeting regarding the 5-year update of the Town's Hazard Mitigation Plan.  

View Press Release  

Join Online:

Join By Phone:  1-929-205-6099 (New York) 
Enter Meeting ID 864 8997 2258
Who To Call For Help:  If the meeting is not accessible, please call or email 603-279-5334 or so that the EMD may be alerted.

USDA Launches Resource Guide on Building a Recreation Economy

July 2020 — USDA has launched a Recreation Economy Resource Guide to provide rural community leaders and economic development practitioners a complete list of programs at Rural Development, Forest Service, and National Institute for Food and Agriculture that can be used to support recreational economies in rural America. 

The guide addresses key factors necessary to build a sustainable recreational economy including natural resource management, conservation activities, infrastructure investment, business development and more.

Help Carroll County Improve Broadband Connectivity

Caroll County seeks to improve Internet speeds with a grant from USDA.

Take the 5-Minute Survey

New Hampshire Broadband Impact Survey

State of New Hampshire
Social Distancing Broadband Impact

Take the Survey to help the State identify gaps in residential Internet connectivity.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

2020 Annual Summer HHW Collection
Collection Sites for Saturday, August 1
8:30 AM – Noon

Bristol, Newfound Regional High School (150 Newfound RoadSITE CHANGE
|Laconia Public Works Department  (27 Bisson Avenue)|
|Moultonborough Highway Garage  (68 Highway Garage Road)|
|Effingham Elementary School (9 Partridge Cove RoadSITE ADDED|

The following 6 members have decided to not participate due to COVID-19:
|Bridgewater, Meredith, Northfield, Ossipee*, Tamworth, Tilton.|
Residents from these 6 towns can hold onto their materials 
until next year or seek alternate disposal options. 
sit our HHW page to learn more.

*Ossipee is NOT a host site or participant for this year
 Donate button for PayPal

Donate to LRPC's
Household Hazardous Waste
(HHW) Program via PayPal.

Thank you for helping to support this
important Lakes Region program.


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
2020 Annual Summer HHW Collection
Collection Sites for Saturday, July 25*

Belmont Fire Station  (14 Gilmanton Road)

Franklin Public Works Garage  (43 West Bow Street)

Gilford Public Works Department  (Gilford Public Works Department)

Please see our HHW page for the latest updates and COVID-19 precautions.

Please note the following 6 municipalities will not participate in this year's collection:  Bridgewater, Meredith*, Northfield, Ossipee, Tamworth, Tilton
Residents from these 6 towns can either hold onto their materials until next year or seek alternate disposal options. Visit our HHW page to learn more.

*Meredith is NOT a host site or participant for this year

2020 Annual Summer HHW Collection Update

Date:               July 15, 2020 
Contact:          David Jeffers
                       Lakes Region Planning Commission
                       (603) 279-5341

2020 Lakes Region HHW Collections – Effingham Site Added

The Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection has added a seventh site to the 2020 event. On August 1, in addition to the site change in Bristol to the Newfound Regional High School, there will now be a collection site at the Effingham Elementary School (6 Partridge Cove Rd.) to better serve the disposal needs of the communities in the eastern part of the region.
Safely rid your home of hazardous products such as oil-based paint, lawn chemicals, household cleaners, and automotive products, in order to protect the water resources our region depends on! Residents and residential taxpayers in the 19 participating communities may bring up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of HHW to any one of the collection sites throughout the region. Last year, several residents said our collections were “easy” and “great for the environment.”
The collections will run from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The participating communities for the 2020 collection consist of:  Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Sanbornton, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro.
In summary, on July 25 bring your hazardous waste to the Belmont Fire Station (14 Gilmanton Rd.) or Public Works Garages in Franklin (43 W Bow St.) or Gilford (55 Cherry Valley Rd.). On August 1 HHW will be collected at the Newfound Regional High School in Bristol (150 Newfound Rd.), the Public Works Garage in Laconia (27 Bisson Ave.), the Town Highway Garage in Moultonborough (68 Hwy Garage Rd.), and the Effingham Elementary School (6 Partridge Cove Rd.). To read the most recent collection updates, visit the LRPC HHW website
As a reminder: acrylic/latex paint and alkaline batteries are NOT considered HHW and will not be accepted on the collection days. These products can go in with the household trash (dry out the paint before disposal).
To read a list of accepted items, view a map of the collection sites, or make a donation to the program, visit the Lakes Region HHW website at or call 279-5334 or 279-5341. Find us on Facebook and Instagram (@lakesrpc).

Sanbornton Seeks Input for Updating its 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Sanbornton Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee will meet virtually on
Monday, July 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM.|

Join Online: 
Join By Phone:  1-929-205-6099  (New York)
Meeting ID:  845 3085 9253

Read the Press Release and view the Agenda for details on how to access the meeting.

LCHIP Grant Round Opens May 1, 2020

May 1—Grant Round Opens  |  May 15—Intent to Apply Forms Due  |  June 26—Applications due by noon

See Complete Schedule

NBRC 2020 EID Grant Extension

EID Grant deadline extended to June 1

The Northern Border Regional Commission's 2020 Economic and Infrastructure Development Grant (EIDG) deadline has been extended to June 1 (from May 15). Eligible organizations, which include nonprofit and government entities, with projects located in Carroll, Coos, Sullivan, and parts of Belknap and Grafton Counties, may apply.

Proposals will be accepted for projects related to transportation, telecommunication, renewable energy and basic public infrastructure; business and workforce development; basic health care; and resource conservation, tourism and recreation. Application materials are available here.  Deadline Extension: June 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

In 2019, the NBRC awarded 14 grants in New Hampshire totaling over $3.7 million and leveraged over $2.5 million in other funds to complete projects. Projects funded in the last round include the expansion of a culinary workforce development project to support the hospitality industry; a road reconstruction project that supports the redevelopment of a mill building; and several water projects that support existing businesses and business development. For more information about the grant program, contact Mollie Kaylor at the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs at 271-6305 or

Traffic Alert: 30-Day Detour at The Weirs
Endicott Street Bridge (US Route 3) at The Weirs, Laconia 

NHDOT Traffic Alert  Construction begins April 27, 2020 on Endicott Street Bridge (US Route 3) at The Weirs in Laconia. Traffic to be detoured for 30 days.  See Details
Earth Day
Earth Day 50th Anniversary – April 22, 2020

Read the NHDES newsletter with Commissioner Scott's column on Earth Day's Golden Anniversary. 

Celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary all week at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Earth Day 2020 News & Activities are available at

Traffic Construction Alert
April 2020 – Route 16, Ossipee
Bearcamp River Bridge Replacement In Progress
NHDOT Traffic Alert  Bridge replacement work begins March 23, 2020 on Bearcamp River Bridge, Route 16 in Ossipee. Anticipated completion for this phase of project is late spring 2020. Learn More
Annual HHW Collection Event
Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collections
Last Saturday of July  |  First Saturday of August
|8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon|

Click on Interactive Map above for collection site locations and addresses
Residents and taxpayers from any of our 25 participating communities
can bring up to 10 GALLONS or 50 POUNDS of hazardous waste (per household)
to any collection site during our 2-day event, for no additional charge!

Who can participate?   What can I bring?   How should I prepare my HHW?
Visit our HHW webpage
 for more information!

Community-Scale Composting Webinar
Best Management Practices for Community Composting
FREE WEBINAR  |  Tuesday, March 31, 2020  |  1:00 – 2:15 pm

The Tuftonboro Agricultural Commission helped organize a compost program at their community garden in 2019.
The garden uses a Jora (green tumbler) to rapidly decompose their organics.

This webinar is the second of a series on community-scale composting. The first webinar focused on the people involved in establishing sustainable community composting sites. 
Looking forward to being back in a community again? Learn new skills that you’ll be able to use when no longer “social distancing."

Join presenters Natasha Duarte and Paige Wilson as they discuss the science of composting; feedstock collection and recipe development; community composting operations (logistics, systems, capacity); and best management practices. They’ll share case studies and include a special focus topic on health and safety at community compost sites as part of establishing robust operational plans.
Natasha Duarte is the Director of the Composting Association of Vermont (
Paige Wilson is an Assistant Planner with the Lakes Region Planning Commission (
A recording of the first webinar is available at:
BMPs for Community Composting (Team Building) – Webinar recording
Community Composting Success Webinar (Team Building) – PowerPoint
This webinar series is made available with funding from a USDA Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Management Grant.​

LRPC Office Temporarily Closed

To keep our Commission members, interested parties, and staff safe during this national public health emergency, the LRPC office will be temporarily closed.

All existing in-person meetings have been cancelled and new meetings will not be scheduled until further notice.

LRPC staff are working remotely and will be available by email and through voicemail messages. 

Stay Connected Virtually | Stay Safe. Visit Contact Us for staff emails and phone numbers.

What Municipalities Should Know About Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to a state of emergency declared by Governor Sununu on March 13, 2020 at 5:15 pm, effective immediately, the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) has posted important resources on their website from state and federal agencies to assist towns and cities in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

These resources include information on meeting attendance for boards and commissions and the Right-to-Know Law. Visit NHMA at

New Logo for Regional Household Hazardous Product Facility

It's Official!

After 18 years... the Lakes Region Household Hazardous Product Facility (LRHHPF) has a logo!

The facility, located in Wolfeboro, provides safe disposal for hazardous wastes generated by NH homes and small quantity generator businesses—keeping our environment clean and protecting our local economy!

The LRHHPF is open every 3rd Saturday from May to October and is free for residents of Alton and Wolfeboro. Households from all other member towns and cities may use the facility for a fee of $40 for every 5 gallons.

For details, visit the LRHPPF page
 on the Wolfeboro town website.

State Ten Year Plan on Transportation

Proposed Lakes Region Projects in 2021-2030 Ten Year Plan

The purpose of the State's Ten Year Plan is to develop and implement a plan allowing New Hampshire to fully participate in federally supported transportation improvement projects as well as to outline projects and programs funded with State transportation dollars. View list of projects

Town of Center Harbor Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting
The Center Harbor Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating its 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee is represented by a variety of local interests including the Fire, Police, and Highway departments, along with the Selectboard and Conservation Commission. The group has reviewed the various hazards that put Center Harbor at risk as well and is the developing and prioritizing recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.
The committee will meet on January 21, 2020 at the Center Harbor Town Office (36 Main Street) starting at 10:00 AM. Residents of Center Harbor and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. The deadline for submission of the survey about local hazards, planning priorities, and outreach has been extended; it is available at in both electronic and paper format.
Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Center Harbor are being reviewed and evaluated through this process; in the 2014 Plan these included flooding, severe wind, and the transportation of hazardous materials.
With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, town leaders will be able to evaluate the status of current plans, policies, and actions then develop and prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Center Harbor one step closer to that goal.
For more information please contact David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.


2019 News
3rd Annual Joint Legislative Forum Postponed to December 9

Event Alert for Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:10 am

Due to the snow storm, tonight's Legislative Forum and LRPC Commission meeting at Lakes Region Community College have both been cancelled and will be postponed until December 9, 2019.
Thank you on behalf of the hosts for this forum:
Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC)
Lakes Region Community College (LRCC)
Belknap Economic Development Council (BEDC)
Lakes Region Community Developers (LRCD)


Green Mountain Conservation Group Presents

NHDOT Statewide 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan

Help update New Hampshire's 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan
by attending a public hearing or sharing your thoughts via
this short Survey by November 12, 2019.

We want to hear from the citizens of New Hampshire about what is important to you looking ahead at transportation needs in your community and across the state.

Check out NHDOT's Planning Ahead 2030 video 
on the 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.


National Prescription Drug Takeback Day
October 26, 2019

There are 68 recognized drop boxes in police departments all throughout New Hampshire!
CLICK HERE to find a drop-box near you!

For more information about this event, and proper disposal of unused medicine, please visit:

Granite State & Vermont Clean Cities Coalition


Friday, September 27  |  9:00-3:00  |  Lebanon, NH
Electric Vehicle Showcase  |  Lunch included
Rides, Drives, & Exhibitors Showcase  |  30-ft Battery Electric Bus Demo!

Register Here

Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan
September 25, 2019

Your Help is Needed!
NHDOT's consultant team, led by Alta Planning + Design from Cambridge, MA, will provide an overview of the planning effort, the results of their analysis of current on-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and provide a blueprint of available infrastructure improvements that could enhance safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. Participants will also have the opportunity to mark up large-scale maps of the Lakes Region and other NH regions to let the planning team know which roadways and intersections need improvements in the future.

Visit to learn more about the bike-ped planning project, You can take a 16-question survey about your walking/bicycling interests and habits. Add your favorite places to walk or bike to the interactive public input map, then add barriers to show the planning team the challenging spots and reveal opportunities to make your community more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

GACIT Hearing on Ten Year Transportation Improvement Plan

Thursday, September 19, at 6 PM in Laconia
Host: Councilor Michael Cyrans
Address: Armand A. Bolduc City Council Chamber, 45 Beacon Street East Laconia

Wednesday, October 16, at 6 PM in Franklin
Host: Councilor Andru Volinsky 
Address: City Hall-Opera House, 316 Central Street Franklin


2019 HHW Collection Days
   Saturday, July 27  
8:30 AM – Noon
  Saturday, August 3  
8:30 AM – Noon
Fire Station
NH DOT Garage
Public Works Garage
Public Works Department
        Public Works Department        
Highway Garage
Public Works Department
Highway Garage

10 gallons or 50 lbs per household

What Is Our Water Worth and What Does Our Water Cost?

A Review of Economic Data on Water in New Hampshire. Prepared by NH Lakes.
The goal of this project was to gather and develop information regarding the worth and cost of water services and resources in New Hampshire in order to better understand the value of water to our state’s economy and the real cost of maintaining clean and safe water for drinking, recreation and businesses.

Nature Economy - Values of Freshwater Recreation in NH.


The LRPC held its Annual Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019, at The Preserve at Chocorua in Tamworth.
Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Ben Kilham of Kilham Bear Center, Lyme, NH.

Congratulations, 2019 Annual Award Winners!

The Kim Ayers Award | Jamie Emery, New Hampton
Award of Excellence | Greater Meredith Program

Award of Excellence | Lakes Region Community Developers
Community Service Award | Cristina Ashjian, Moultonborough
Community Service Award | Mardean Badger, Ashland
Community Service Award | Stephanie Giovannucci, Northfield
Community Service Award | Gina Lessard, Tuftonboro
Community Service Award | Jack Waldron, Tamworth
Chairman's Inspirational Award | Tamworth Community Nurse Association

Thank you to our 2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors:







CMAQ 2019 Applicaton Cycle Begins

First deadline is June 7, 2019 — Required Letter of Interest  

NHDOT announces start of 2019 application cycle for the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The CMAQ program is a federally funded reimbursement program that provides up to 80% of funds for projects that improve air quality by reducing the amount of vehicular emissions. There is approximately $13.5 million in federal funding available for this round.

The first step is to prepare and submit a letter of interest, due by June 7. See below for details.

One Lane, Alternating Two-Way Traffic Pattern Begins 
March 26 – May 23 on Rt. 16 in Ossipee

Bridge Replacement Project involving three Route 16 bridges begins March 26th
NHDOT announced work on the Bearcamp Relief Bridge on NH Route 16 in Ossipee begins Tuesday, March 26, 2019, requiring one lane of alternating two-way traffic. This temporary one-lane, two-way traffic setup will be in place until May 23, 2019. 
This work is part of a project that consists of the replacement of three bridges and 3.5 miles of roadway reconstruction on NH Route 16. The project's final completion date is June 25, 2021. 
Read the full Press Release


NH Office of Strategic Initiatives


Registration opens March 2019

A resource for farmers and municipal decision makers:

Funding Notice  Regional Forest Economy Partnership

January 16 — Northern Border Regional Commission is pleased to announce a new opportunity for regional approaches to economic development. 
The purpose of the Regional Forest Economy Partnership is to address the economic shift produced by the chronic and consistent decline of the forest products industry that has led to displacement of a skilled workforce and significant negative demographic changes in the rural areas of the Northern Border Regional Commission region. With a goal to increase the ability of the four-state region to attract new opportunities, that are highly leveraged, transformational investments that have a fundamental impact on community economic revitalization.

There is approximately $7M available for this round of funding. Letters of Interest are due on a rolling basis with the first round due March 15, 2019.
A full press release can be found on NBRC's website.

Squam Lake Watershed

Municipal Officials Meeting

Wednesday, February 13
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Squam Lakes Association Resource Center
534 Route 3, Holderness

Ashland     Center Harbor     Holderness      Moultonborough     Sandwich
Members of Planning & Zoning Boards    Conservation Commissions
Select Boards  
  Highway Departments    Others Interested

Please join us for a Build-Out presentation and discussion on the connection between water quality and local land use practices and policies.

New Hampshire's State Plan on Aging

Have you taken the Survey on Aging yet?

Survey closes January 15!
As part of a statewide effort to understand the needs of older adults, the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services’ (DHHS) Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services (BEAS) and the State Plan on Aging (SPOA) Planning Committee are seeking public input that will guide and inform the next 4-year State Plan on Aging.  Read the press release

LCHIP 2018 Grant Recipients Announced in December

LCHIP Grants Awarded to Organizations in 6 Member Towns


See the list here

From the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives - Planning Division
Planning-Related Legislative Changes for 2018:  
2018 Legislative Summary 

Listening Sessions on NH State Plan on Aging Scheduled
Lakes Region Session is November 7th
Wednesday, November 7th  |  10:30 am–12:30 pm
Meredith Community Center
1 Circle Drive, Meredith
As part of a statewide effort to understand the needs of older adults, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) and the State Plan on Aging (SPOA) Planning Committee are seeking public input that will guide and inform the next four-year State Plan on Aging.  Read the full press release.

Food Recovery & Donation Event November 5
Please join us for Food Recovery & Donation: Opportunities & Challenges in the Lakes Region on Monday, November 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 at the Beane Conference Center in Laconia.

Food insecurity is a serious issue in the Lakes Region and there are many opportunities to become involved. This workshop is designed for food producers, farmers, distributors, retailers, schools, food pantries, meal sites, and anyone interested in food recovery and donation to:
  • Make connections with others working to increase food recovery & donation
  • Find out what can & cannot be donated & to where
  • Learn about liability protections & tax deductions & how food donation can save businesses $
  • Find out about alternatives to disposal for food that can’t be donated, including feeding animals & composting
  • Hear success stories & ideas for new opportunities.
  • Make connections with others working to increase food recovery & donation
  • Find out what can & cannot be donated & to where
  • Learn about liability protections & tax deductions & how food donation can save businesses $
  • Find out about alternatives to disposal for food that can’t be donated, including feeding animals & composting
  • Hear success stories & ideas for new opportunities.
Light refreshments will be provided. There is no fee to attend, but Please Register in Advance. More information and registration at: or call Lisa Morin, Belknap County Conservation District at: (603) 527-5880 or Jennifer Griffith, Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) at: (617) 367-8558, ext. 303.
November 5, 2018  |  2-5 pm  |  Beane Conference Center, Laconia


NHDOT Bridge Work in Meredith - September 4 to November 2

Meredith Route 3 Bridge over Mill Stream
NHDOT bridge deck repair project will require temporary lane shifts and restrictions in order to be completed. Traffic on US Route 3 near the bridge will be restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound.
The turning lanes on NH 25 at the traffic signals, left-hand turns on to US 3, are reduced to one left-hand turn lane only.  

The project was suspended for the summer months and resumed September 4th.

This project includes roadway and intersection improvements on:  US Route 3 and NH Route 25, from NH Route 104 to the Meredith/Center Harbor town line.  It includes traffic signals, drainage, guardrail and sidewalk work, as well as a new signalized crosswalk on US Route 3. 

R.M. Piper of Plymouth is the contractor for the $2.58 million project, which has a final
completion date of November 2, 2018.

The NHMA 2018 Municipal Law Lectures Series begins September 26!
View flyer

   3 lectures  4 dates  |  4 locations

Sep 26  |  Oct 3  |  Oct 10  |  Oct 20

Register at the NHMA

Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD)

Call for Projects Application Period:  July 16 – October 15

EFLHD will be conducting another Call for Projects for the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) in New Hampshire for Federal Fiscal Years (FY) 2020 through FY 2022.  All final project approvals will be contingent upon the availability of funds in the year for which they are being requested.  
Funding beyond 2020 is dependent on reauthorization of the Access Program by Congress.

The Call for Projects application period opens July 16, 2018 and runs through October 15, 2018An estimated total of $1.1M will be available for programming in NH. 

Please visit the Federal Lands Access Program website for more information. 


Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee

USDA is accepting applications for Rural Broadband Program *through September 30*.

Non-profit, for-profit, cooperative, and government entities may apply for financing to construct, improve, and acquire facilities or equipment that will provide broadband services to eligible rural areas. Loan amounts range from $100,000 to $25,000,000.

USDA Rural Development supports rural broadband through this program and seeks applications from entities working to strengthen the capacity of rural communities through increasing the availability of broadband.

NH Dept of Business & Economic Affairs, Division of Economic Development

Statewide Economic Development Planning Sessions
September 24–28

Register  |  Sessions Overview

For questions or more information, please contact Josh Devine at
You're Invited! The State of New Hampshire's Department of Business and Economic Affairs, through its Division of Economic Development, is developing a statewide economic development plan and they'd love to hear from you. Join your peers; state, regional and local leaders; and experts to discuss impactful strategies in one or more of the following three-hour working sessions.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, September 17. 


2019 Conservation Grants Available

DApplication Due Date:  September 14 

Contact the NH SCC Grant Administrator, Dea Brickner-Wood, with questions and to discuss grant proposals: or 603.868.6112 

New Funding Round - Transportation Alternatives Project

Full Application Deadline:  September 7

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has announced a new round of funding for Transportation Alternatives projects. Eligible projects include trail facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, safe routes to schools, and rail-trail conversions. The deadline to send Letters of Interest to DOT is July 13, 2018full application deadline is September 7, 2018.

Click here to visit the NH DOT website for ore detailed information on project eligibility, guidelines, and deadlines.

Office of Legislative Budget Assistant - Audit Division:

Survey deadline extended to June 27 
NHDES Wetlands Bureau

On Monday, June 4, 2018, the New Hampshire Office of Legislative Budget Assistant, Audit Division sent a survey to stakeholders familiar with Wetlands Bureau operations, asking for feedback on Wetlands Bureau permitting and related matters, as well as assistance with disseminating the survey link to other individuals who had interactions with the Wetlands Bureau. If you have already completed and submitted your responses, and/or have assisted them in disseminating survey, thank you.
They have decided to extend the survey deadline to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in order to accommodate more responses. If you have not completed the survey and would like to, please do so by that date. The survey is accessible through the link below. Responses are confidential and will be generalized in the final report.
Survey Link:
If you have any questions, please contact

NH Adds 8 Properties to State Register - Three in Lakes Region

The State Historical Resources Council recently added eight properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places, three of which are in the Lakes Region Planning Commission area: 

Alexandria Town Hall's Craftsman details are unusual both in Alexandria and among New Hampshire town halls. It has served the needs of local organizations, including the Cardigan Grange, from the time it was built in 1913 and remains the site of the town’s deliberative session and town meeting.

The George Gamble Library in Danbury combines Colonial Revival and Queen Anne style architectural details; its rusticated concrete block exterior, stuccoed pediment and original double-leaf wood paneled doors are among its original well-preserved features. Built in 1911, it continues to serve Danbury’s literary needs today.

One of the earliest Colonial Revival churches in Belknap County, the First Unitarian Unversalist Church in Laconia is also considered one of the finest. Built in 1939-40, its central square tower, shallow projecting front pavilion, small portico and octagonal belfry distinguish this local landmark.

According to the Division of Historical Resources, the State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:
  • Acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community.
  • Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations; and
  • Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community. Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants.

Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC)

Needs Assessment for Coordinated Transportation Plan

Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) is beginning the update to its Coordinated Transportation Plan. The first step is a Needs Assessment. 
If you need transportation services or work with anyone who might need them, please take a few minutes to fill out this short, online Transportation Needs Assessment Survey.
If you'd prefer to print out a paper copy, here is a PDF of the survey. It can be returned to:

Dean Williams
Transportation Planner
Central NH Regional Planning Commission

28 Commercial Street, Suite 3
Concord, NH 03301


Request for Proposal - Electricity Aggregation 2018

The Lakes Region Planning Commission, a NHPUC licensed electricity aggregator, is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced firms to supply electricity for 15 municipalities and 4 school districts in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. These accounts are served by a mix of Eversource and New Hampshire Electric Coop.  These accounts include, but are not limited to, schools, municipal buildings, street lights, traffic signals, pumping stations, and outdoor lighting.  The application package and details on current usage is attached.
We are requesting an all-inclusive fixed price, with no distinction between on-peak and off-peak power.  Pricing should be for “full requirements,” that is for all usage at the electric meters covered by this RFP. Proposals must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 in order to be considered. Proposals should be sent to:
Jeffrey Hayes
Lakes Region Planning Commission
103 Main Street, Suite #3
Meredith, NH 03253
If you have any questions, please submit them in writing to the contact above before 12:00 PM on May 18, 2018. Thank you very much.

Broadband, Cable Franchise Agreements, & Wireless Tower Permitting

May 10, 2018   3:30pm – 5:00pm

Common Man Inn & Spa
231 Main Street, Plymouth, NH  03264

click here for the event flyer/Registration link

Please join us for a free meeting/workshop to talk about broadband issues in NH, including access and use, negotiating renewals of cable television franchises, and telecommunications law as it pertains to wireless facilities and managing the approval processes.

Support for Rural Broadband

“E-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of life in rural communities. Investing in broadband can strengthen rural economic growth and improve critical access to jobs, education, health care and social services.” - USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett

Rural Development is seeking applications from entities working to strengthen the capacity of rural communities through increasing the availability of broadband. USDA supports rural broadband through the following programs: 

Community Connect

USDA is accepting applications through May 14 in the Community Connect program. Grants from $100,000 to $3 million are available to state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits and for-profit corporations. Applicants must be able to provide a 15 percent match on the desired grant amount.          

The funds must be used to provide broadband service at a minimum rate-of-data transmission of 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream, which is the speed benchmark that the Federal Communications Commission has officially adopted for broadband connectivity. Awardees must use USDA funding to offer free broadband service to all critical community facilities in their proposed service areas for two years and provide a community center with free broadband service for two years.

For more details on this grant opportunity, see page 11494 of the March 15 Federal Register. Rural Development will host two webinars regarding the environmental requirements for application on April 5 from 2:00-3:00 pm and April 10 from 1:00-2:00 pm. For more information and to register, visit Rural Development’s website.  

Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees

USDA is accepting applications through September 30 for the Rural Broadband Program. Non-profit, for-profit, cooperative and government entities may apply for financing to construct, improve and acquire facilities or equipment that will provide broadband services to eligible rural areas. Loan amounts range from $100,000 to $25,000,000.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis and ranked based on the percentage of unserved households that the applicant proposes to serve. Applications can be submitted online through RD Apply. For more details on this application process, see page 13225 of the March 28 Federal Register.

Contact Us

Interested applicants can reach out to USDA Rural Development’s northeast General Field Representative Kenrick Gordon at kenrick.gordon@wdc.usda.govor (717) 433-8998 or to Community Loan Specialist Eric Law at or (802) 828-6033.



Register Now

for the 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference!




The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference on Thursday, May 17, 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 a total of 18 presentations on:


·         PFAS and other emerging contaminants

·         Update on NH’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund

·         Legislative updates involving drinking water

·         Research from Dartmouth concerning health impacts associated with arsenic exposure

·         Projects related to source water planning, land conservation, and community engagement

….and many more interesting source protection topics!


The conference fee is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments.  Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours toward the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.


REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website:


Registration questions? Contact Andrew Stone at AGWT: or 603-228-5444.


Other questions? Contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES: or 603-271-0688.

Aquatic Resource Mitigation Grant 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2018 Grant Round. The ARM Fund Program provides wetlands permit applicants with the option to contribute payments to this fund in lieu of implementation of several other possible and more traditional compensatory mitigation alternatives. These other mitigation options might include restoration of existing impaired wetlands, land acquisition and preservation, or construction of new wetlands.

The ARM Fund is currently soliciting grant proposals for $6 million which is available in the nine watersheds throughout the state. Pre-proposals are due April 30, 2018. The pre-applications will be reviewed the month of May and feedback given to each applicant. Full applications are due August 31, 2018. 

For more information, please contact Lori Sommer, NHDES Wetland Mitigation Coordinator at or (603) 271-4059. View the announcement at NHDES.

Stream Restoration and Flood Resiliency Workshop

The NH Department of Environmental Services, Department of Transportation, NH Association of Conservation Commissions, and Belknap County Conservation District invite you to a free information program funded in part by the New England Forest and Rivers Fund. Speakers will cover topics including:
  • How streams and roads interact with transportation and ecosystem services
  • Aquatic Resources Mitigation (ARM) Fund and other resources available and how to use them 
  • State Stream Crossing Initiative stream assessments and culvert replacement
  • Examples of successful flood resiliency and streaa restoration projects.
The event is being held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on March 14th at the Meredith Community Center. View Registration Flyer
Public Notice of Grant Funding - Deadline: February 21, 2018

The Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, as Lead Agency for Carroll County Regional Coordinating Council (CCRCC) will be submitting an application for up to $32,385 of FTA Section 5310 Formula Funding for FY19. 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 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 21, 2018 to inquire about funding eligibility.
All questions or comments can be directed towards Nicholas Altonaga, North Country Council, (603) 444-6303, ext. 2021, David Jeffers Lakes Region Planning Commission (603) 279-5341, or Jac Cuddy, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, Executive Director, (603) 447-6622.

Updated OSI Handbooks Now Available

The Planning Board in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials (updated Dec 2017)
The (Zoning) Board of Adjustment in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials (updated Dec 2017)

2017 editions of the Office of Strategic Initiatives's (OSI) handbooks for Planning and Zoning Boards are now available. Designed to serve as introductions to the organization, powers, duties, and procedures of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment in New Hampshire, these guides will acquaint board members and others with the basic board responsibilities of each and suggest procedures by which the work of the boards can be carried out in a fair and effective manner.

Visit the OSI website where you can view and print the handbooks.
Headwaters Economics Toolset

Economic Profile System

In 2017 we were introduced to the Headwaters Economics Toolset. Using these report generators you can download socioeconomic reports of communities, counties, and 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. Try it yourself here.

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 14, 2017. For more up-to-date information, please use the tool to generate your own reports.

Alexandria Hebron
Alton Hill
Andover Holderness
Ashland Laconia
Barnstead Meredith
Belmont Moultonborough
Bridgewater New Hampton
Bristol Northfield
Center Harbor Ossipee
Danbury Sanbornton
Effingham Sandwich
Franklin Tamworth
Freedom Tilton
Gilford Tuftonboro
Gilmanton Wolfeboro