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Town of Center Harbor Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting

The Center Harbor Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating its 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee is represented by a variety of local interests including the Fire, Police, and Highway departments, along with the Selectboard and Conservation Commission. The group has reviewed the various hazards that put Center Harbor at risk as well and is the developing and prioritizing recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents.
The committee will meet on January 21, 2020 at the Center Harbor Town Office (36 Main Street) starting at 10:00 AM. Residents of Center Harbor and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. The deadline for submission of the survey about local hazards, planning priorities, and outreach has been extended; it is available at in both electronic and paper format.
Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Center Harbor are being reviewed and evaluated through this process; in the 2014 Plan these included flooding, severe wind, and the transportation of hazardous materials.
With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, town leaders will be able to evaluate the status of current plans, policies, and actions then develop and prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Center Harbor one step closer to that goal.
For more information please contact David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Green Mountain Conservation Group Presents


Granite State Vermont Clean Cities Coalition


Friday, September 27  |  9:00-3:00  |  Lebanon, NH
Electric Vehicle Showcase  |  Lunch included
Rides, Drives, & Exhibitors Showcase  |  30-ft Battery Electric Bus Demo!

Register Here

Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Plan

Your Help is Needed!
NHDOT's consultant team, led by Alta Planning + Design from Cambridge, MA, will provide an overview of the planning effort, the results of their analysis of current on-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and provide a blueprint of available infrastructure improvements that could enhance safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. Participants will also have the opportunity to mark up large-scale maps of the Lakes Region and other NH regions to let the planning team know which roadways and intersections need improvements in the future.

Visit to learn more about the bike-ped planning project, You can take a 16-question survey about your walking/bicycling interests and habits. Add your favorite places to walk or bike to the interactive public input map, then add barriers to show the planning team the challenging spots and reveal opportunities to make your community more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

Thursday, September 19, at 6 PM in Laconia
Host: Councilor Michael Cyrans
Address: Armand A. Bolduc City Council Chamber, 45 Beacon Street East Laconia

Wednesday, October 16, at 6 PM in Franklin
Host: Councilor Andru Volinsky 
Address: City Hall-Opera House, 316 Central Street Franklin


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2019 HHW Collection Days
   Saturday, July 27  
8:30 AM – Noon
  Saturday, August 3  
8:30 AM – Noon
Fire Station
NH DOT Garage
Public Works Garage
Public Works Department
        Public Works Department        
Highway Garage
Public Works Department
Highway Garage

10 gallons or 50 lbs per household

What Is Our Water Worth and What Does Our Water Cost?

A Review of Economic Data on Water in New Hampshire. Prepared by NH Lakes.
The goal of this project was to gather and develop information regarding the worth and cost of water services and resources in New Hampshire in order to better understand the value of water to our state’s economy and the real cost of maintaining clean and safe water for drinking, recreation and businesses.

Nature Economy - Values of Freshwater Recreation in NH.


The LRPC held its Annual Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019, at The Preserve at Chocorua in Tamworth.
Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Ben Kilham of Kilham Bear Center, Lyme, NH.

Congratulations, 2019 Annual Award Winners!

The Kim Ayers Award | Jamie Emery, New Hampton
Award of Excellence | Greater Meredith Program

Award of Excellence | Lakes Region Community Developers
Community Service Award | Cristina Ashjian, Moultonborough
Community Service Award | Mardean Badger, Ashland
Community Service Award | Stephanie Giovannucci, Northfield
Community Service Award | Gina Lessard, Tuftonboro
Community Service Award | Jack Waldron, Tamworth
Chairman's Inspirational Award | Tamworth Community Nurse Association

Thank you to our 2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors:







CMAQ 2019 Applicaton Cycle Begins

First deadline is June 7, 2019 — Required Letter of Interest  

NHDOT announces start of 2019 application cycle for the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The CMAQ program is a federally funded reimbursement program that provides up to 80% of funds for projects that improve air quality by reducing the amount of vehicular emissions. There is approximately $13.5 million in federal funding available for this round.

The first step is to prepare and submit a letter of interest, due by June 7. See below for details.

One Lane, Alternating Two-Way Traffic Pattern Begins 
March 26 – May 23 on Rt. 16 in Ossipee

Bridge Replacement Project involving three Route 16 bridges begins March 26th
NHDOT announced work on the Bearcamp Relief Bridge on NH Route 16 in Ossipee begins Tuesday, March 26, 2019, requiring one lane of alternating two-way traffic. This temporary one-lane, two-way traffic setup will be in place until May 23, 2019. 
This work is part of a project that consists of the replacement of three bridges and 3.5 miles of roadway reconstruction on NH Route 16. The project's final completion date is June 25, 2021. 
Read the full Press Release


NH Office of Strategic Initiatives


Registration opens March 2019

A resource for farmers and municipal decision makers:

Funding Notice  Regional Forest Economy Partnership

January 16 — Northern Border Regional Commission is pleased to announce a new opportunity for regional approaches to economic development. 
The purpose of the Regional Forest Economy Partnership is to address the economic shift produced by the chronic and consistent decline of the forest products industry that has led to displacement of a skilled workforce and significant negative demographic changes in the rural areas of the Northern Border Regional Commission region. With a goal to increase the ability of the four-state region to attract new opportunities, that are highly leveraged, transformational investments that have a fundamental impact on community economic revitalization.

There is approximately $7M available for this round of funding. Letters of Interest are due on a rolling basis with the first round due March 15, 2019.
A full press release can be found on NBRC's website.

Squam Lake Watershed

Municipal Officials Meeting

Wednesday, February 13
3:00 - 5:00 pm

Squam Lakes Association Resource Center
534 Route 3, Holderness

Ashland     Center Harbor     Holderness      Moultonborough     Sandwich
Members of Planning & Zoning Boards    Conservation Commissions
Select Boards  
  Highway Departments    Others Interested

Please join us for a Build-Out presentation and discussion on the connection between water quality and local land use practices and policies.

New Hampshire's State Plan on Aging

Have you taken the Survey on Aging yet?

Survey closes January 15!
As part of a statewide effort to understand the needs of older adults, the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services’ (DHHS) Bureau of Elderly & Adult Services (BEAS) and the State Plan on Aging (SPOA) Planning Committee are seeking public input that will guide and inform the next 4-year State Plan on Aging.  Read the press release

LCHIP 2018 Grant Recipients Announced in December

LCHIP Grants Awarded to Organizations in 6 Member Towns


See the list here

From the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives - Planning Division
Planning-Related Legislative Changes for 2018:  
2018 Legislative Summary 

Listening Sessions on NH State Plan on Aging Scheduled
Lakes Region Session is November 7th
Wednesday, November 7th  |  10:30 am–12:30 pm
Meredith Community Center
1 Circle Drive, Meredith
As part of a statewide effort to understand the needs of older adults, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) and the State Plan on Aging (SPOA) Planning Committee are seeking public input that will guide and inform the next four-year State Plan on Aging.  Read the full press release.

Food Recovery & Donation Event November 5
Please join us for Food Recovery & Donation: Opportunities & Challenges in the Lakes Region on Monday, November 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 at the Beane Conference Center in Laconia.

Food insecurity is a serious issue in the Lakes Region and there are many opportunities to become involved. This workshop is designed for food producers, farmers, distributors, retailers, schools, food pantries, meal sites, and anyone interested in food recovery and donation to:
  • Make connections with others working to increase food recovery & donation
  • Find out what can & cannot be donated & to where
  • Learn about liability protections & tax deductions & how food donation can save businesses $
  • Find out about alternatives to disposal for food that can’t be donated, including feeding animals & composting
  • Hear success stories & ideas for new opportunities.
  • Make connections with others working to increase food recovery & donation
  • Find out what can & cannot be donated & to where
  • Learn about liability protections & tax deductions & how food donation can save businesses $
  • Find out about alternatives to disposal for food that can’t be donated, including feeding animals & composting
  • Hear success stories & ideas for new opportunities.
Light refreshments will be provided. There is no fee to attend, but Please Register in Advance. More information and registration at: or call Lisa Morin, Belknap County Conservation District at: (603) 527-5880 or Jennifer Griffith, Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) at: (617) 367-8558, ext. 303.
November 5, 2018  |  2-5 pm  |  Beane Conference Center, Laconia


NHDOT Bridge Work in Meredith - September 4 to November 2

Meredith Route 3 Bridge over Mill Stream
NHDOT 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.  

The project was suspended for the summer months and resumed September 4th.

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.

The NHMA 2018 Municipal Law Lectures Series begins September 26!
View flyer

   3 lectures  4 dates  |  4 locations

Sep 26  |  Oct 3  |  Oct 10  |  Oct 20

Register at the NHMA

Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD)

Call for Projects Application Period:  July 16 – October 15

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, 2018An estimated total of $1.1M will be available for programming in NH. 

Please visit the Federal Lands Access Program website for more information. 


Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee

USDA is accepting applications for Rural Broadband Program *through September 30*.

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.

USDA Rural Development supports rural broadband through this program and seeks applications from entities working to strengthen the capacity of rural communities through increasing the availability of broadband.

NH Dept of Business & Economic Affairs, Division of Economic Development

Statewide Economic Development Planning Sessions
September 24–28

Register  |  Sessions Overview

For questions or more information, please contact Josh Devine at
You're Invited! The State of New Hampshire's Department of Business and Economic Affairs, through its Division of Economic Development, is developing a statewide economic development plan and they'd love to hear from you. Join your peers; state, regional and local leaders; and experts to discuss impactful strategies in one or more of the following three-hour working sessions.
Space is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, September 17. 


2019 Conservation Grants Available

DApplication Due Date:  September 14 

Contact the NH SCC Grant Administrator, Dea Brickner-Wood, with questions and to discuss grant proposals: or 603.868.6112 

New Funding Round - Transportation Alternatives Project

Full Application Deadline:  September 7

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, 2018full application deadline is September 7, 2018.

Click here to visit the NH DOT website for ore detailed information on project eligibility, guidelines, and deadlines.

Office of Legislative Budget Assistant - Audit Division:

Survey deadline extended to June 27 
NHDES Wetlands Bureau

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:
If you have any questions, please contact

NH Adds 8 Properties to State Register - Three in Lakes Region

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 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 Unversalist 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.

Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC)

Needs Assessment for Coordinated Transportation Plan

Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) is beginning the update to its Coordinated Transportation Plan. The first step is a Needs Assessment. 
If you need transportation services or work with anyone who might need them, please take a few minutes to fill out this short, online Transportation Needs Assessment Survey.
If you'd prefer to print out a paper copy, here is a PDF of the survey. It can be returned to:

Dean Williams
Transportation Planner
Central NH Regional Planning Commission

28 Commercial Street, Suite 3
Concord, NH 03301


Request for Proposal - Electricity Aggregation 2018

The Lakes Region Planning Commission, a NHPUC licensed electricity aggregator, is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced firms to supply electricity for 15 municipalities and 4 school districts in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. These accounts are served by a mix of Eversource and New Hampshire Electric Coop.  These accounts include, but are not limited to, schools, municipal buildings, street lights, traffic signals, pumping stations, and outdoor lighting.  The application package and details on current usage is attached.
We are requesting an all-inclusive fixed price, with no distinction between on-peak and off-peak power.  Pricing should be for “full requirements,” that is for all usage at the electric meters covered by this RFP. Proposals must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 in order to be considered. Proposals should be sent to:
Jeffrey Hayes
Lakes Region Planning Commission
103 Main Street, Suite #3
Meredith, NH 03253
If you have any questions, please submit them in writing to the contact above before 12:00 PM on May 18, 2018. Thank you very much.

Broadband, Cable Franchise Agreements, & Wireless Tower Permitting

May 10, 2018   3:30pm – 5:00pm

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

click here for the event flyer/Registration link

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.

Support for Rural Broadband

“E-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of life in rural communities. Investing in broadband can strengthen rural economic growth and improve critical access to jobs, education, health care and social services.” - USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett

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.

Applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis and ranked based on the percentage of unserved households that the applicant proposes to serve. Applications can be submitted online through RD Apply. For more details on this application process, see page 13225 of the March 28 Federal Register.

Contact Us

Interested applicants can reach out to USDA Rural Development’s northeast General Field Representative Kenrick Gordon at kenrick.gordon@wdc.usda.govor (717) 433-8998 or to Community Loan Specialist Eric Law at or (802) 828-6033.



Register Now

for the 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference!




The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will hold its 2018 Drinking Water Source Protection Conference on Thursday, May 17, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH. This is the largest drinking water source protection event in New England!  This year’s conference will feature a total of 18 presentations on:


·         PFAS and other emerging contaminants

·         Update on NH’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund

·         Legislative updates involving drinking water

·         Research from Dartmouth concerning health impacts associated with arsenic exposure

·         Projects related to source water planning, land conservation, and community engagement

….and many more interesting source protection topics!


The conference fee is $65 and includes lunch and refreshments.  Qualifies for 5.0 Technical Credit Hours toward the NH Water Works Operator Certification Program.


REGISTER at the American Ground Water Trust website:


Registration questions? Contact Andrew Stone at AGWT: or 603-228-5444.


Other questions? Contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES: or 603-271-0688.

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 or (603) 271-4059. View the announcement at NHDES.

Stream Restoration and Flood Resiliency Workshop

The NH Department of Environmental Services, Department of Transportation, NH Association of Conservation Commissions, and Belknap County Conservation District invite you to a free information program funded in part by the New England Forest and Rivers Fund. Speakers will cover topics including:
  • How streams and roads interact with transportation and ecosystem services
  • Aquatic Resources Mitigation (ARM) Fund and other resources available and how to use them 
  • State Stream Crossing Initiative stream assessments and culvert replacement
  • Examples of successful flood resiliency and streaa restoration projects.
The event is being held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on March 14th at the Meredith Community Center. View Registration Flyer
Public Notice of Grant Funding - Deadline: February 21, 2018

The Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, as Lead Agency for Carroll County Regional Coordinating Council (CCRCC) will be submitting an application for up to $32,385 of FTA Section 5310 Formula Funding for FY19. The purpose of this funding is to expand transportation services for the elderly and disabled in Carroll County. Transportation providers currently accessing these funds are Tri-County CAP and Carroll County RSVP. It is anticipated those providers will again provide eligible service, but any other interested transportation providers serving the elderly and disabled in Carroll County contact Nicholas Altonaga no later than February 21, 2018 to inquire about funding eligibility.
All questions or comments can be directed towards Nicholas Altonaga, North Country Council, (603) 444-6303, ext. 2021, David Jeffers Lakes Region Planning Commission (603) 279-5341, or Jac Cuddy, Mount Washington Valley Economic Council, Executive Director, (603) 447-6622.

Updated OSI Handbooks Now Available

The Planning Board in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials (updated Dec 2017)
The (Zoning) Board of Adjustment in New Hampshire: A Handbook for Local Officials (updated Dec 2017)

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.

Visit the OSI website where you can view and print the handbooks.
Headwaters Economics Toolset

Economic Profile System

In 2017 we were introduced to the Headwaters Economics Toolset. Using these report generators you can download socioeconomic reports of communities, counties, and states, including aggregations and comparisons. The Economic Profile System (EPS) uses federal data sources, including the Bureaus of Economic Analysis, Census, & others. EPS is also known as the Human Dimensions Toolkit by the Forest Service. Try it yourself here.

We'd like to thank UNH Cooperative Extension for providing us reports for all of the towns in the Lakes Region. Click the links below to view the reports. They will also be available on the towns' pages.

Please note: This information changes frequently. These reports were generated on July 14, 2017. For more up-to-date information, please use the tool to generate your own reports.

Alexandria Hebron
Alton Hill
Andover Holderness
Ashland Laconia
Barnstead Meredith
Belmont Moultonborough
Bridgewater New Hampton
Bristol Northfield
Center Harbor Ossipee
Danbury Sanbornton
Effingham Sandwich
Franklin Tamworth
Freedom Tilton
Gilford Tuftonboro
Gilmanton Wolfeboro