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April 30, 5:00-7:30pm at Great Bay Discover Center, Greenland, NH -- Join a conversation with the scientists who authored this recent report for the New Hampshire Coastal Risks & Hazards Commission. The report includes the latest projections of precipitation amounts, sea level rise, and surges from coastal storms and nor’easters. Learn how this information can help guide our decision making in the coast. This workshop is designed for municipal board members, volunteers and staff responsible for land use, infrastructure, emergency preparedness and planning. Community organizations, business owners and residents are also welcome. Workshop is free, but space is limited. Learn more here, and register online by April 28. 

Amid new trends in population, the economy, housing, transportation, and climate, this statewide gathering will raise awareness of the ways that New Hampshire is changing and what these changes mean for the preservation and protection of our historic buildings and community character. Learn more

The decisions that come out of planning boards need to be fair, inclusive, legal, and in sync with sound planning, Meeting those standards is the responsibility of every planning board and its members. What are the rules and roles? How should meetings and decision be handled? Hear from veteran planning board members, an attorney, and planning directors and staff who work with members. They'll share best practices, lessons learned, ways to avoid legal pitfalls, and insights into creating trust and mutual respect. This is worth 1.5 CM credits. *This session runs late as it is a live webcast from the APA's National Planning Conference! RSVP by 5 pm on April 19, 2015  to Shayna Sylvia at ssylvia@strafford.org or call 603-994-3500.

How are NH coastal watershed communities doing with planning for climate change, impervious cover, and nitrogen loading? The Piscataqua Region Environmental Planning Assessment (PREPA) provides analysis of questions associated with both regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to resource management in the 52 municipalities in the Piscataqua Region. Check out PREPA's interactive webpage, download the full report, or view the subwatershed reports.

The New Hampshire Coastal Viewer is an online mapping tool that for the first time brings together new and existing hazards data in NHs coastal watershed. Examples of this data include field-tested salt marsh data, floodplains, storm surge and sea-level rise information, infrastructure, and culvert data. Anyone with an Internet connection can access the Viewer to make customized maps for planning and educational purposes. Go to the Coastal Viewer

Ten 'really short' talks on planning issues from speakers across New Hampshire. Issues like passenger rail, energy, business retention, regional planning, social capital, planning ethics, housing, complete streets, and agritourism will be tackled in this fun & condensed event. Appetizers, cash bar and networking. Full agenda at www.nhplanners.org. For registration information, click here

During October 2014, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston conducted its semiannual New England Community Outlook Survey. As before, the survey covered topics ranging from the availability of credit for small businesses to emerging issues facing lower-income communities. But this time the survey also included three questions on drug and alcohol dependency in respondents' communities. View the survey results

Broadband is integral to NH’s capacity to improve it economic future and quality of life. To learn more about the importance of broadband; involving your community in expanding broadband; promoting local business and growing your local economy check out NH broadband learning resources at www.usebroadbandnh.org.