What I think makes this area best is the quality of life.


Our regional Plans

A Granite State Future will help communities integrate planning across sectors and identify, share, and replicate successful projects.  Together, this collaboration will make it possible for large communities and small villages throughout the state to achieve economic vitality, and protect the natural resources, character and rural landscapes that are so important to New Hampshire.

Starting in the fall of 2012, the Regional Planning Commissions are organizing community listening sessions, with support from the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey institute, and attending local events.  These sessions and events will provide vital information and perspective, toward addressing the unique needs of local and regional communities through an open, democratic process.  Over the following months, the RPC’s will lead their communities in looking at the big picture to integrate housing, transportation, water, natural resources, economic development, cultural and historic resources, public health, climate adaptation, and energy efficiency.  Through scenario planning, communities will think through desired future development patterns, and identify and prioritize place-based implementation projects that support social connections and cultural values.

The final plans will utilize a common outline and baseline data across all nine regions, while responding to individual community and regional needs.  Additional details will be posted as they become available regarding what we’ve learned and heard relative to our plan components:

  • Vision
  • Land Use
  • Implementation
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Water Infrastructure (Utility and Public Service)
  • Environment (Natural Resources, Recreation)
  • Economic Development
  • Climate Change Impacts Assessments (Natural Hazards)
  • Energy Efficiency and Green Building (Community Facilities, Energy)
  • Scenario Planning Exercises











Statewide Research

Climate Change in NH: Past, Present and Future (April 2014)
Northern NH Report
Southern NH Report

Statewide Existing Conditions and Trends Assessment (November 1, 2013)

Public Engagement for Granite State Future Summary and Full Report, prepared by NH Listens and UNH Cooperative Extension (October 2013)

Granite State Future Statewide Survey, Conducted by the UNH Survey Center (July 2013)

Regional Plan Framework (rev. 4/15/2013)

Regional Plan Framework Appendices (rev. 4/15/2013)

Common Metrics Methodologies (rev. 5/24/2013)

Equity and Engagement Checklist (December 2012)


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