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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

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