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Lakes Region Planning Commission


103 Main Street, Suite #3
Meredith, NH 03253

Phone: (603) 279-8171
Fax: (603) 279-0200


Welcome to the Lakes Region page of the Granite State Future project.  Here you will find information about what we are doing to update the Lakes Region Plan.

The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) was originally formed in 1968 in response to unplanned development within wetlands and other water sensitive areas of our communities.  Since then, the LRPC has been creating regional and local plans in some form up to the present day.  The last regional plan that the LRPC completed was in 2006, and it just focused on regional goals and objectives.

The Commission is a voluntary association of 30 local communities that pools its resources to obtain a highly trained professional staff to provide a wide variety of services to our members.  LRPC is developing a unique plan that will be one of nine regional master plans currently underdevelopment as part of the statewide Granite State Futures Project.  When completed, the Lakes Region Plan will serve as a resource that communities may use when updating their own individual master plans. For additional information about the Lakes Region Planning Commission, please visit: www.lakesrpc.org


Tell Us What You Envision for the future of the Lakes Region

The planning process for the Lakes Region Plan has begun, and we are requesting input from the people who visit, live, and work in the Lakes Region.  We have placed "Listening Boxes" in each community in our region. Look for them at your town offices, restaurants, local stores, libraries, or other active locations. The Lakes Region Community College, Lakes Region General Hospital. Belmont Senior Center and Ossipee Crossroads have boxes. Comment cards are provided with the boxes, so please fill one out and drop it in the box! Or you can can submit your ideas online by clicking the "Share Your Idea" button above or by using the QR code.

LRPC staff are also attending a number of local events this fall, winter, and next spring to gather ideas and answer questions about for our regional plan.  Please come to our table or location to share your ideas and find out more about the process. Upcoming events can be viewed to the right or in the Events Calendar (look for entries marked "LRPC”).

For additional information about our next regional plan, please contact Jerry Coogan at jcoogan@lakesrpc.org or (603) 279-8171.

What People Are Saying About the Region


What people like about the region:  

Beauty of the area --- mountains, lakes and views; home grown feeling; the country atmosphere --- Meredith

Quiet rural environment --- Northfield

Clean water and clean air --- Laconia

What Could Make it Better:

More public transit --- Andover

Better Watershed management --- Holderness

Sholders on roads for bikes, more trails and public beaches --- Center Harbor

 The Lakes Region Plan

 The Granite State Future program is at the halfway point.  The staff is now in the writing phase for the draft Lakes Region Plan over the next 12 months. The four major plan elements include: 1) Vision for the Lakes Region; 2) The Lakes Region Today; 3) Prioritized Implementation of Regional Projects; and 4) Technical Plan components which include:

  • Housing:
    • Housing Needs Assessment
    • Fair Housing and Equity Assessment
  • Transportation
  • Water Infrastructure (Utility and Public Service)
  • Environment (Natural Resources, Water Resources, Recreation)
  • Economic Development
  • Natural Hazards and Climate Change Impacts
  • Energy Efficiency and GreenBuilding(Community Facilities, Energy)


Working under the general guidance of the Lakes Region Plan Advisory Committee (LRPAC), the draft will be developed one or two sections at a time. The LRPAC is an 11 member committee, which includes seven LRPC Commissioners and representatives from city planning, economic development, transportation, and human rights groups. The LRPAC will provide feedback on each plan section at work sessions over the next year; a complete draft is to be completed by the summer of 2014. By the fall of 2014, the plan be distributed for review and acceptance to all LRPC Commissioners.

To learn more about A Granite State Future, please visit the GSF website at http://granitestatefuture.org/ If you would like to add information to the region’s places of significance, please check out the online map communication tool. As chapters of the draft plan are completed, they will be posted in the Lakes Region section of the GSF website. Please contact Gerald Coogan, LRPC Project Manager, at 279.8171 or at jcoogan@lakesrpc.org for further information regarding the Lakes Region Plan.

On Saturday August 3, 2013, the LRPC participated in the 12th annual Multicultural Market Day, A Celebration of Diversity, held in downtown Laconia by Belknap Mill and sponsorsed by the Laconia Human Relations Committee. The event was an opportunity to engage the public about the Lakes Region Plan.


Jerry Coogan, LRPC meets with Kate Bruchacova and Richard Dow from the Lakes Region Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the 12th annual Laconia Multicultutal Event on Saturday August 3, 2013. 





Granite State Future Survey, CNHRPC and LRPC Oversample Report, Conducted by the UNH Survey Center - July 2013

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Lakes Region Plan Advisory Committee, Lakes Region Planning Commission, 103 Main Street, Meredith, Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM. Agenda


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