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.

  • 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 program: 

    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.

  • LRPC 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
    May 17, 2018 POSTPONED TO AUG

    June 14, 2018
    Pay as You Throw
    August 16, 2018 E-Waste 
    rescheduled from May 17


    Please join us!  REGISTER BY JUNE 18

    MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018  |  5–8:30 PM
    CHASE HOUSE AT MILL FALLS, MEREDITH  |  $40 per person

    We hope to see you on June 25th! 

    Register Now
  • The State Historical Resources Council recently added eight properties to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places, three of which are in the Lakes Region Planning Commission area:

    Alexandria Town Hall’s Craftsman details are unusual both in Alexandria and among New Hampshire town halls. It has served the needs of local organizations, including the Cardigan Grange, from the time it was built in 1913 and it remains the site of the town’s deliberative session and town meeting.

    The George Gamble Library in Danbury combines Colonial Revival and Queen Anne style architectural details; its rusticated concrete block exterior, stuccoed pediment and original double-leaf wood paneled doors are among its original well-preserved features. Built in 1911, it continues to serve Danbury’s literary needs today.

    One of the earliest Colonial Revival churches in Belknap County, the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Laconia is also considered one of the finest. Built in 1939-40, its central square tower, shallow projecting front pavilion, small portico and octagonal belfry distinguish this local landmark.
    According to the Division of Historical Resources, the State Register has helped to promote the significance of many historic properties across New Hampshire. Benefits of being listed on the State Register include:
    • Acknowledgment of a property’s historical significance in the community.
    • Special consideration and relief from some building codes and regulations; and
    • Designation of a property as historical, which is a pre-qualification for many grant programs, including Conservation License Plate grants and New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grants.
  • The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has announced a new round of funding for Transportation Alternatives projects. Eligible projects include trail facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, safe routes to schools, and rail-trail conversions. The deadline to send Letters of Interest to DOT is July 13, 2018; full application deadline is September 7, 2018.

    Click here to visit the NH DOT website for ore detailed information on project eligibility, guidelines, and deadlines.
  • On Monday, June 4, 2018, the New Hampshire Office of Legislative Budget Assistant, Audit Division sent a survey to stakeholders familiar with Wetlands Bureau operations, asking for feedback on Wetlands Bureau permitting and related matters, as well as assistance with disseminating the survey link to other individuals who had interactions with the Wetlands Bureau. If you have already completed and submitted your responses, and/or have assisted them in disseminating survey, thank you.
    They have decided to extend the survey deadline to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in order to accommodate more responses. If you have not completed the survey and would like to, please do so by that date. The survey is accessible through the link below. Responses are confidential and will be generalized in the final report.
    Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nhdes-wetlands-bureau-audit-stakeholder-survey
    If you have any questions, please contact april.han@leg.state.nh.us.
  • Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD) will be conducting another Call for Projects for the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) in New Hampshire for Federal Fiscal Years (FY) 2020 through FY 2022.  All final project approvals will be contingent upon the availability of funds in the year for which they are being requested. Funding beyond 2020 is dependent on reauthorization of the Access Program by Congress.
    The Call for Projects application period opens July 16, 2018 and runs through October 15, 2018.
    An estimated total of $1.1M will be available for programming in NH. 
  • NH State Conservation Committee

    Conservation “Moose Plate” Grant Program

     2019 Conservation Grants Available


     Application Information and Forms Online:

    SCC Conservation Grant Program http://agriculture.nh.gov/divisions/scc/grant-program.htm

     Application Due Date: September 14, 2018


    Contact the NH SCC Grant Administrator with questions and to discuss grant proposals: 

    Dea Brickner-Wood ~ nh-conservation-committee@nh.gov ~ 603.868.6112 


Library Images

One of our current library archive 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.