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.

  • OSI Planning and Zoning Handbooks Now Available
    2017 editions of the Office of Strategic Initiatives's (OSI) handbooks for planning and zoning boards are now available. Designed to serve as introductions to the organization, powers, duties, and procedures of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment in New Hampshire, these guides will acquaint board members and others with the basic board responsibilities of each and suggest procedures by which the work of the boards can be carried out in a fair and effective manner.

    Click here to visit the OSI website where you can view and print the handbooks.

    The 24th Annual Spring Planning & Zoning Conference
    hosted by the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives is being held on
    Saturday, April 28, 2018. 

    Registration opens on February 27th

    The location for the event is:
    Courtyard by Marriott
    Grappone Conference Center
    70 Constitution Avenue
    Concord, NH 03301

    For more information visit the Office of Strategic Initiatives Website 
    Or contact Danielle Craver at 603-271-2155 or by email at danielle.craver@osi.nh.gov
  • 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.

    Click here to view the full announcement on the NHDES website.

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.
We just celebrated St. Patrick's day, and the first day of spring is Tuesday, March 20th. To celebrate those, here are some photos showing the greener side of the Lakes Region:

A scenic view with green grass and mountains on the horizon

Train tracks with overgrown grass

Woods, with a sign for a hiking trail.

Outside of a commercial building. Sign says Rusty Nail

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.