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Resources are posted from the 21st Annual OEP Spring Planning and Zoning Conference held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. Get the resources

Road questions arise frequently across the spectrum of municipal issues - from land use regulation and development to liability, maintenance and financing. This handbook is designed as a general guide to statutes and case law to help municipal officials sort their way through many of the complex legal questions involved with municipal highways. We hope it will continue to be a resource for municipal officials to turn to when confronted with the numerous legal questions that are asked about local roads and highways.

For info on cost and to order, contact Judy Pearson at 603-230-3355 or email her at jpearson@nhmunicipal.org.

LACONIA - "We're not playing it safe," remarked Bree Henderson, 26, who owns and operates Polished & Proper, the barbershop and shave parlor on Main Street,. "We're taking risks."

She is one of a growing circle of young entrepreneurs who are enlivening commerce in downtown Laconia.

Click here for the full story on recent efforts in Franklin

For the first time, the key partners in Franklin for a Lifetime presented summaries of their work to the mayor and city council so they could begin formal consideration of the many concepts and suggestions that have come from the visioning process.

Franklin has come a long way in a year. Hundreds of citizens, from 5 to 85, have spoken about what they love about their city, and what they want for it. (Children's drawings of how they see Franklin in their mind's eye and their lists of favorite things about Franklin, like "full moon sledding," add priceless heart to the conversation.) Cooperative Extension, Plan NH, and The Citizen's Institute on Rural Design have linked their respective expertise to help Franklin structure this conversation, to give it shape and a greater potential for clear results. Experts from other communities like Franklin have come to tell their stories of challenge and success.

Click here for the full story on recent efforts in Franklin

July 9, 12-1pm. Join Stephen Lisauskas, WasteZero's Vice President of Government Affairs and Regional Vice President of Municipal Partnerships, and the City of Concord's Director of General Services, Chip Chesley, in this webinar which will examine how a growing number of New Hampshire towns and cities are turning to pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs to cut their municipal solid waste volumes, boost their finances, and help the environment. This webinar will also include detailed case studies of successful PAYT programs in the City of Concord and the Town of Tilton. Register Here

This document provides guidance to municipalities that wish to incorporate a refined definition of “potable water” into their building codes. It is developed through a collaboration of NH Building Officials Association, NH Health Officers Association, NH Planners Association, and NH Dept. of Environmental Services. Get the resource

Hundreds of companies across the United States are moving to and investing in walkable downtown locations. This report by Smart Growth America explains why, and what your community can do. Get the resource

Are community members in your town in the dark when it comes to planning and development issues? Does your local government struggle to recruit volunteers for boards and commissions? If so, a citizens’ academy could be the answer! Citizen planning academies build local leadership, increase awareness, and broaden involvement in community planning. Join a conference call hosted by Community Matters to learn more. Register today