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.
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
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.
The New Hampshire Coastal Viewer is an online mapping tool that for the first time brings together new and existing hazards data in NH’s 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
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.
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.
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.