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Check out Informational Briefs on Using Demographics; Outreach & Engagement; Planning for an Aging Population and Land Use and Public Health. Get the resources

The International City/County Management Association released a how-to guide for supporting growth in a rural context. Learn from success stories in rural communities, and discover how to support the rural landscape, help existing places thrive, and create great new places. Get the resource

There has been much success over the past two years with the NH Community Planning Grant Program in NH. The CPG Program provided competitive matching grants for New Hampshire communities to conduct work on local regulations that will promote economic development, affordable housing, and resiliency in the face of changing conditions. The CPG Program is administered by New Hampshire Housing under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While the grants are no longer available, a number of resources remain available to NH communities as they plan for change. You can learn from other communities by reading the case studies including a workforce housing ordinance in the Town of Alton; The Marlboro Street Re-Zoning in Keene and Form Based Code in Lancaster. Get the case studies  Another related resource is the  Fair Housing for Regional and Municipal Planning and Innovative Land Use Techniques: Neighborhood Heritage Districts.  

Are you familiar with form-based code? This two-page article from Better Cities & Towns provide great insights to form-based code and "fine-tuning" the possibilities of how your community reaches its vision for development. Get the resource

Utilizing Permaculture Design Principles, the training is geared towards community leaders, planning board members, conservation commissions, landscape designers and architects, agricultural commissions, and energy committees. Town road agents, maintenance personnel, and engineers would also benefit. CEUs and professional credits are available for AICP CM, AIA, NH Certified Professional Landscapers and NOFA Organic Landcare Practitioners. 

Participants will be led through a series of conversations, collaborative activities, case study field trips, and a design charrette, introducing the ecological design process that can be applied to communities in the planning and development process or for their own individual properties. Topics will include appropriate technologies, scale, biodiversity, integrated design, and stacking functions.  

Training dates and locations are as follows:   

  • January 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Boscawen 
  • January 21, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Boscawen  
  • January 28, 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Franklin 
  • February 4, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Boscawen
  • Snow dates: February 12 & 18