Planning-Related Legislative Changes for 2018:
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, 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.
July Press Release – Annual Meeting Awards
Community Service Award Winners
KATHY BARNARD, Wolfeboro | BILL DOWEY, Bristol | GRETCHEN & BARRY DRAPER, New Hampton | MARY PHELPS of Chocorua (Tamworth) | NANCY PIPER, Center Tuftonboro | TODD WORKMAN and MARTY PARICHAND, Franklin
Chairman Wayne Crowley, Kathy Barnard of Wolfeboro, Executive Director Jeff Hayes
Bill Dowey of Bristol
Gretchen & Barry Draper of New Hampton
Mary Phelps, The Preserve at Chocorua (Tamworth)
Nancy Piper of Center Tuftonboro
Marty Parichand and Todd Workman, Franklin
|Award of Excellence
Chairman Wayne Crowley, Tamworth Village Association (accepted by Rebecca Boyden), and Executive Director Jeff Hayes
|The Kim Ayers Award
Chairman Wayne Crowley, Lisa Eggleston of Meredith, Executive Director Jeff Hayes
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 ar––e 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.
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 dwilliams@
Central NH Regional Planning Commission
28 Commercial Street, Suite 3
Concord, NH 03301
NHDOT Bridge Work in Meredith ends June 8 for the summer...
Resumes on September 4, 2018
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.
Request for Proposal - Electricity Aggregation 2018
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:
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.
Interested applicants can reach out to USDA Rural Development’s northeast General Field Representative Kenrick Gordon at email@example.com (717) 433-8998 or to Community Loan Specialist Eric Law at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 828-6033.
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:https://agwt.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D268%26reset%3D1
Registration questions? Contact Andrew Stone at AGWT: email@example.com or 603-228-5444.
Other questions? Contact Pierce Rigrod at NHDES: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or (603) 271-4059.
Click here to view the full announcement on the NHDES website.
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.
Click here for more information about the event and how to register.
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.
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.
Headwaters Economics toolset
Economic Profile System
We were recently 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.
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.
Newfound Pathways Celebratory Ride
Saturday, October 7th on West Shore Road
We celebrated West Shore Road repaving and re-striping.
Newfound Pathways in conjunction with Bristol Economic Development Committee lead the effort with five planning meetings starting in October 2015, with the NHDOT, to ensure that the repaving included lane narrowing to 10 feet to provide a safer path for pedestrians and cyclists.
In summer of 2016, Newfound Pathways produced a video, (Bristol Roads and Pathways which can be viewed below), which was shown to the NHDOT, along with public viewings in the Bristol Library. This video featured the problems of riding a bicycle in Bristol, and West Shore Road and was part of the evidence to convince NHDOT into action on the 10-foot lanes.
The NHDOT was alerted to the dates of the Lakes Regional Triathlon and NH Marathon, so that the road resurfacing was completed in time for these events.
For the Celebratory Bike Ride cyclists met for coffee and fresh apples at 9.00 am by the Information booth then walked down to the bridge over the Newfound River for group photographs. NHDOT had approved Newfound Pathways to add road marking featuring a Cyclist with Chevrons to the roads around Newfound Lake which is State Bicycle Route 403. This road marking is the symbol for motorists and cyclists alike to “Share the Road” by showing courtesy to each other as they travel the roads.
The riders cycled to the turnaround point at Wellington State Park and returned to the bridge. This was a 6-mile ride. The route was on the newly resurfaced West Shore Road.
Local Tax Incentive Programs for Economic Development
NEW House Bill 316 – Effective 8/28/17
This bill is relative to a statewide property tax exemption for commercial and industrial construction.
Click here to read the full text of the bill
Economic Revitalization Zone tax credit
This is a short-term business tax credit for projects that improve infrastructure and create jobs in designated areas of a municipality.
Click here to visit the NH Economic Development page with more information on this tax credit, FAQs, and applications.
Tax Increment Financing
This is a method of financing public improvements with the incremental taxes created by new construction, expansion, or renovation of property within a defined area of the community.
Click here to visit the NH Office of Energy and Planning page for more information
Click here for the full text of the RSA 162.k statute
Community Revitalization Tax Incentive
This encourages investment in downtowns and village centers. It provides a tax incentive for the rehabilitation and active use of under-utilized commercial buildings and, in so doing, aims to promote strong local economies and smart, sustainable growth as an alternative to sprawl. The tax incentive must be adopted at the local level before it can be offered to property-owners.
Click here to visit the NH Preservation Alliance site for more information
Conservation Moose Plate Grant Funds Available
The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) announces the availability of the 2018 Conservation “Moose Plate” Grant application. Funds are available for projects that support and promote programs and partnerships that protect, restore, and enhance the state’s valuable natural resources.
Eligible applicants include municipalities, County Conservation Districts, qualified nonprofit organizations engaged in conservation programs, public and private schools (kindergarten through 12), County Cooperative Extension natural resource programs, and scout groups.
Grant Applications are due on September 15, 2017. Awards will be announced in December 2017 and funding will be available to successful applicants in May 2018.
The 2018 Conservation Grant Application Instructions and Application Form may be downloaded from the SCC website SCC.nh.gov. For SCC grant program inquires, contact Dea Brickner-Wood, Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org
The NH State Conservation Committee’s grant program is funded through the purchase of Conservation License Plates, known as “Moose Plates”. All funds raised through the purchase of Moose Conservation and Heritage Plates are used for the promotion, protection and investment in New Hampshire's natural, cultural and historic resources. To buy a Moose Plate, visit your municipal office and request one when registering your vehicle. Gift certificates may be purchase at www.mooseplate.com.
Click here to view original press release
Healthy Living Active Living - New Healthy Food and Food Access Report
During the fall of 2016, an assessment was conducted of healthy food access activities and initiatives across the statewide HEAL Community Network. The aim was to identify opportunities to better integrate and elevate food-systems work throughout the network.
This newly published report includes an extensive inventory of projects across the network and recommended actions for improving access to healthy foods within communities, schools, workplaces, and hospitals.Click here to view the report