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.

Click here to view the full announcement on the NHDES website.

From the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives...

The 24th Annual Spring Planning & Zoning Conference is being held on Saturday, April 28th. 
Registration opens on February 27th

The location for the event is:
Courtyard by Marriott 
Grappone Conference Center
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH 03301

For more information visit the Office of Strategic Initiatives Website 
Or contact Danielle Craver at 603-271-2155 or by email at

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.
Click here for more information about the event and how to register.

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.

OSI Planning and Zoning Handbooks Now Available
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.

Click here to visit the OSI website where you can view and print the handbooks.
Road Safety Audit Deadline is December 1st

This program supports low cost infrastructure improvements which improve safety, reduce fatalities and serious injury crashes on public roads.

These Road Safety Audits are intended to identify short, medium and long-term improvements at locations that have had at least one fatal or serious injury crash in the last 10 years. For an intersection or short road segment to be considered for a RSA and subsequent funding, a municipality must submit a RSA Application. 
Please read the documents at the website below for eligibility requirements. Your Regional Planning Commission may assist if you need help with some of the technical aspects of the application. The most difficult part of the application may be getting crash data. Your Regional Planning Commission and local Police Department should be able to help. 
Please note the information and signatures required on the application.
Deadline is December 1, 2017.  This is an annual program. If you do not submit this year, prepare early for next year.
For questions, please contact Michael J. Dugas, P.E., State Highway Safety Engineer, NHDOT,, 603.271.2604.

Click here to visit the NHDOT website for the RSA application and more details about the program.


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, 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 for yourself by clicking 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

Meeting on Broadband Access and Use in the Conway/Northeast Region of NH

LRPC is sponsoring this event being held at the Community Room at Granite State College.
Some topics of discussion:
  • Broadband and Economic Development
  • Current Broadband Availability
  • Broadband Technologies
  • Broadband Acccess
  • Broadband Use
Visit the UNNH Events webpage to register
Click the image to learn more

Flyer displaying an aerial view of Conway with an invitation to the Broadband Access and Use event. Click to learn more.


Newfound Pathways Celebratory Ride
Saturday, October 7th on West Shore Road
We celebrated West Shore Road repaving and re-striping.
An image of a road shoulder, showing the new cyclist markings on the road. Several people in cycling gear stand nearby.Newfound Pathways in conjunction with Bristol Economic Development Committee lead the effort with five planning meetings starting in October 2015, with the NHDOT, to ensure that the repaving included lane narrowing to 10 feet to provide a safer path for pedestrians and cyclists.
In summer of 2016, Newfound Pathways produced a video, (Bristol Roads and Pathways which can be viewed below), which was shown to the NHDOT, along with public viewings in the Bristol Library. This video featured the problems of riding a bicycle in Bristol, and West Shore Road and was part of the evidence to convince NHDOT into action on the 10-foot lanes.
The NHDOT was alerted to the dates of the Lakes Regional Triathlon and NH Marathon, so that the road resurfacing was completed in time for these events.
For the Celebratory Bike Ride cyclists met for coffee and fresh apples at 9.00 am by the Information booth then walked down to the bridge over the Newfound River for group photographs. NHDOT had approved Newfound Pathways to add road marking featuring a Cyclist with Chevrons to the roads around Newfound Lake which is State Bicycle Route 403. This road marking is the symbol for motorists and cyclists alike to “Share the Road” by showing courtesy to each other as they travel the roads.
The riders cycled to the turnaround point at Wellington State Park and returned to the bridge. This was a 6-mile ride. The route was on the newly resurfaced West Shore Road. 

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
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
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 or (802) 989-4723.
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  For SCC grant program inquires, contact Dea Brickner-Wood, Administrator,
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

Click here to view original press release
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 If you have any questions or concerns please contact Laurel Briere at or 279-5334. 

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 If you have any questions or concerns please contact Laurel Briere at or 279-5334. 
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