The Lakes Region Planning Commission is a unique association of local governments that provides comprehensive planning services to meet the diverse needs of New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Our mission is to provide effective planning, in order to achieve and sustain a quality environment, a dynamic economy, and local cultural values by supporting community efforts through leadership, education, technical assistance, information, advocacy, coordination and responsive representation.

  • Spring Planning and Zoning Conference Now Sold Out

    Registration is Closed

    Registration is now closed for the 24th Annual Spring Planning & Zoning Conference hosted by the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Concord. 

    For more information visit the Office of Strategic Initiatives
    or contact Danielle Craver at 603-271-2155 or by email at danielle.craver@osi.nh.gov.
  • Grant Pre-proposals Due April 30

    Aquatic Resource Mitigation Grant 2018

    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Aquatic Resource Mitigation (ARM) Fund is now accepting pre-proposals for the 2018 Grant Round. The ARM Fund Program provides wetlands permit applicants with the option to contribute payments to this fund in lieu of implementation of several other possible and more traditional compensatory mitigation alternatives. These other mitigation options might include restoration of existing impaired wetlands, land acquisition and preservation, or construction of new wetlands.

    The ARM Fund is currently soliciting grant proposals for $6 million which is available in the nine watersheds throughout the state. Pre-proposals are due April 30, 2018. The pre-applications will be reviewed the month of May and feedback given to each applicant. Full applications are due August 31, 2018. For more information, please contact Lori Sommer, NHDES Wetland Mitigation Coordinator at lori.sommer@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-4059.
  • USDA Rural Development Seeking Broadband-related Applications

    USDA Rural Development is seeking applications from entities working to strengthen the capacity of rural communities through increasing the availability of broadband. USDA supports rural broadband through the following programs: 

    Community Connect
    USDA is accepting applications through May 14 in the Community Connect program. Grants from $100,000 to $3 million are available to state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits and for-profit corporations. Applicants must be able to provide a 15 percent match on the desired grant amount.          

    The funds must be used to provide broadband service at a minimum rate-of-data transmission of 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream, which is the speed benchmark that the Federal Communications Commission has officially adopted for broadband connectivity. Awardees must use USDA funding to offer free broadband service to all critical community facilities in their proposed service areas for two years and provide a community center with free broadband service for two years.

    For more details on this grant opportunity, see page 11494 of the March 15 Federal Register. Rural Development will host two webinars regarding the environmental requirements for application on April 5 from 2:00-3:00 pm and April 10 from 1:00-2:00 pm. For more information and to register, visit Rural Development’s website.  

    Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees
    USDA is accepting applications through September 30 for the Rural Broadband Program. Non-profit, for-profit, cooperative and government entities may apply for financing to construct, improve and acquire facilities or equipment that will provide broadband services to eligible rural areas. Loan amounts range from $100,000 to $25,000,000.

    Learn more about these programs.

  • 2018 Drinking Water Protection Conference. Click here to visit the Latest News Page for full text
  • LRPC Hosts Solid Waste Roundtables

    Upcoming USDA Solid Waste Management Roundtable Meetings
    All meetings will be held from 9-11 am at LRPC
    Humiston Building – 1st Floor Conference Room, 103 Main Street, Meredith
    RSVP by calling 279-5334 or send us an email.

    Date Topic
    April 12, 2018 POSTPONED:
    Transportation Costs
    New date TBD
    May 17, 2018 E-Waste - new topic!
    June 14, 2018 Pay as You Throw

  •  got heroes? 

    LRPC Seeks Nominations for Annual Meeting Awards!
    Who are the heroes in your Lakes Region community?
    Shine a spotlight on those individuals and organizations by nominating today. 

    Award of Excellence

    Community Service Award

    Please submit by Friday, May 4, 2018. Thank you!
    Get details and future updates about our 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • NHDOT Bridge Work in Meredith

    The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces construction work is underway on the US Route 3 bridge over Mill Stream in Meredith.

    This bridge deck repair project will require temporary lane shifts and restrictions in order to be completed. Traffic on US Route 3 near the bridge will be restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound. The turning lanes on NH 25 at the traffic signals, left-hand turns on to US 3, are reduced to one left-hand turn lane only.


    Normal traffic patterns will be resumed by June 9, 2018. The project will then be suspended for the summer months, resuming on September 4, 2018.

    This project includes roadway and intersection improvements on US Route 3 and NH Route 25 from NH Route 104 to the Meredith/Center Harbor town line. It includes traffic signals, drainage, guardrail and sidewalk work, as well as a new signalized crosswalk on US Route 3. R.M. Piper, of Plymouth is the contractor for the $2.58 million project, which has a final completion date of November 2, 2018.

  • NHFA Multi-Family Housing Conference

    Join New Hampshire Housing for the 2018 Multi-Family Housing Conference

    Friday, May 18, 2018
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center

    For more information, read the Agenda or Register Here.
  • Broadband, Cable Franchise Agreements, & Wireless Tower Permitting

    Please join us for a free meeting/workshop to talk about broadband issues in NH, including access and use, negotiating renewals of cable television franchises, and telecommunications law as it pertains to wireless facilities and managing the approval processes.

    May 10, 2018
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Common Man Inn & Spa * 231 Main Street
    Plymouth, NH  03264

    To sign up for this free event, Register Here.
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    This Saturday, April 28th, is National Drug Take-Back Day from 10 AM – 2PM.
    There are 20 Lakes Region communities with collection sites this year.

    Find the time and location nearest to you.

  • Municipalities and those involved with Regional Planning Commissions are invited to attend the Granite Sate Clean Cities Coalition for their 5th biennial Green Your Fleet! Workshop on June 1st at the NH Motor Speedway.

    The event is free. Lunch is guaranteed for anyone who registers before May 1st. 

    Click here for more information or to register.

Library Images

One of our current projects is scanning the boxes of slides and photographs that have been collected over the past several decades. (Some of the dated photos go back to the 1970s!) 
We'd like to share some of the beautiful photos we've been finding with you.
For this photo set, we're showcasing some of the hard work done by past LRPC staff and volunteers. Here are some photos from a HHW collection on a rainy day in summer 1987:

two people sitting behind a table covered in containers of hazardous materials

two people standing in a garage, working on disposing of hazardous materials. There are containers of HHW all over.

A line of vehicles being checked in for HHW collection

A person scraping paint from a paint can during HHW collection

If you recognize any people or locations in any of our photos, or have photos of your own you would like to share, please send an email to admin@lakesrpc.org.