Welcome! NH Citizen Planner is dedicated to volunteers  working on planning issues in communities. The goal is to provide educational resources,  tools, and information on a range of planning-related topics. Listed below are featured resources to support volunteers in communities.

Recently posted resources


Resources  |  Events | Success Stories

Communities across New Hampshire are already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate to their infrastructure, natural resources, and people. For example, the number and cost of presidentially-declared disasters and emergency declarations in New Hampshire has increased significantly since 2005. The increase in frequency and severity of storms has also presented communities with rising costs to keep roads clear and repair or replace parts of their infrastructure.

Learn how your community can prepare for climate change. Get the resource

Final Granite State Future products have been posted to the “Our Plans” page of www.granitestatefuture.org. Highlights include:

  • The Statewide Snapshot- presents the compilation the nine regional plans, numerous statewide technical studies, and the robust outreach efforts to presents priorities from across the state. 
  • The Nine Regional Plans- highlights from and links to the final documents from each region.
  • Statewide Research- including the Existing Conditions Assessment, Regional Plan Framework, climate change studies, UNH survey, equity and engagement checklist, and results of statewide public engagement efforts.
  • Planning Metrics- Common metrics of benefit to local, regional and state master plans with Excel data downloads and an online GIS data viewer hosted by GRANIT.

Please contact any of the nine RPC if you would like to organize a presentation.

May 3rd from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Porter Community Room, Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT The Upper Valley Roundtable is an annual gathering of dozens of local energy volunteers from across the Upper Valley. If you've attended the Roundtable in years past, you know this event is part family reunion, part support group, and part learning session. Come ready to be refreshed and inspired! This year's agenda will include dinner, updates from the regions energy committees and groups as well as a panel on local energy policy. Stay tuned for more details! Register here

In 2011, the historic Balsams Resort shut its doors after more than a hundred years operating in the tiny town of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. With the closure, hundreds of North Country citizens lost their jobs, and the town, which had become well known for being one of the first places to cast ballots in the state’s presidential primary — at midnight at the resort — found a beloved tradition in jeopardy.

Now there are plans for the resort to undergo a significant renovation and expansion in the coming years. The plans include a new wing, upgrades to the once world-class golf course and the addition of 1,000 additional acres to the ski area, which would make it the largest downhill ski area in the Northeast.

With assistance from UNH Cooperative Extension, North Country residents are working to fully understand what the proposed redevelopment of the iconic resort could mean for their part of the state.

Read the full story

Longtime Candia residents gathered at the Smyth Public Library last week for a storytelling circle to reminisce, and consider how they would like to see their community in the future. They shared memories of well-loved Dr. Sanders, the annual Fourth of July celebration, Saturday night dances at the Fireman’s Hall, trips to Philips General Store in East Candia, and growing up riding bikes with other kids in the neighborhood.

It is apparent Candia’s residents love where they live. Betty Sabean, Candia Community Profile steering committee member and participant in the storytelling circle, explained why she and her husband live in the small New Hampshire town, "Candia still meets our needs…it’s quiet, peaceful. Anytime someone needs something, someone is there."

Read the full story

April 1 & 2 at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland, Vermont

This year's Summit will include interactive mobile workshops, peer exchanges, a highly-acclaimed keynote, and a variety of dynamic presentations and topics including advocacy and education, public safety, economic development, and the built environment. The Vermont Walk/Bike Summit is an excellent opportunity to connect with community members, employers, planners and various professionals from throughout the state for in-depth sharing on current efforts, new ideas, and networking to advance more livable communities. The registration cost ranges from free to $25 depending on the activities you choose.

Register now at WalkBikeSummitVT.com


Please note that the April 23, 2016 Office of Energy & Planning's Zoning Conference has been postponed. A new date will be posted soon. Check www.nh.gov/oep for more information. 

From Politico Magazine: "When Hunter S. Thompson came to New Hampshire’s largest city to cover the 1972 presidential campaign, he described it as “a broken down mill town with an aggressive Chamber of Commerce and America’s worst newspaper. There’s nothing much else to say for it.” Manchester’s downtown business district was drying up, its sewers poured excrement into the Merrimack River and most of the massive brick mills sandwiched in between were empty husks, awaiting a revival of U.S. manufacturing that would never arrive. For a quarter-century thereafter, there was little to prompt the casual visitor to reappraise this fallen industrial city of 110,000, an hour north of Boston.

But today there’s no missing that Manchester—laid out in the 19th century as an American manufacturing utopia—has gotten its groove back, successfully resurrecting its massive riverside mill district into a teeming knowledge industry hive..." Read more here