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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. 

This training is for those who have a role in public meetings such as board members, chairs, public officials, facilitators, planners, administrators, staff and community members. 

In the Facilitation Laboratory professional actors will present scenarios allowing workshop participants to work together to understand the challenges and to identify some best practices for all aspects of public meetings – including conflict - in a positive and professional manner. This training is being offered in two locations. There is a $25 registration fee. To learn more, visit: http://extension.unh.edu/Community/Civic-Engagement

February 3, 2015 from 1:00-3:30pm @ at Primex, 46 Donovan Street, Concord, NH. Register online

Thursday, February 12 from 4-6:30pm @ Manchester Health Department, 1528 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. Register online

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 at http://www.nh.gov/oep/planning/resources/zoning-board-handbook.htm

The Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA) announced the following webcasts. All webcasts run from 1pm to 2:30pm and are good for 1.5 CM credit hours.


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.