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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.

The NH Office of Energy & Planning is pleased to extend this invitation to attend the annual spring planning and zoning conference held at the Courtyard by Marriott, Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH 03301. For registration information, visit the registration page or contact Michele Zydel at 603.271.2155 or michele.zydel@nh.gov for additional details. Registration opens March 2, 2015. 

These webinars aim to benefit land owners, farmers, elected and appointed officials, developers, and community members who are involved in decision-making processes regarding using or preserving natural resources. These webinars promote understanding of current planning issues, creation of local regulations, planning that benefits the community, and local resources available to decision-makers. They also provide information valuable to landowners and land-managers as they contemplate and plan for the future uses of their properties. Click here to learn more. 

Practicing for the Unexpected In Public Meetings

Thank you to those who participated in the Facilitation Laboratory training for public meetings. We are working to schedule additional sessions this spring – check back here for details. We have assembled a list of Best Practices for Public Meetings here.

From PlannersWeb: "This May we anticipate making most PlannersWeb / Planning Commissioners Journal content available at no cost. We're doing this as a service to everyone interested in planning -- both citizen and professional planners." ..."We have also made available for your convenience a series of pdfs, each containing groups of between 12 and 27 articles from our archives on a range of topics. Also available to download: Elaine Cogan’s "Now That You're On Board: How to Survive & Thrive as a Planning Commissioner" (52 page booklet) and Professor Laurence Gerckens’ "The Planning ABC’s." All of these pdfs can be ordered and immediately downloaded for a small fee. For details on this, go to: http://plannersweb.com/2014/12/reprints/   

The Zoning Board of Adjustment in NH – a Handbook for Local Officials has been updated with changes through the 2014 legislative session.  Also included in the update is a “November 2014 Change Packet”, which can be used to supplement and update your 2013 version in lieu of downloading or purchasing a full 2014 edition. The handbook can be found on OEP’s website.