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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.

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Survey closes on January 15, 2019.

From the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives - Planning Division

Planning-Related Legislative Changes for 2018:  2018 Legislative Summary 


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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!
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   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 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 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.

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.

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.
The event is being held from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on March 14th at the Meredith Community Center.
Click here for more information about the event and how to register.

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.

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.
Try it for yourself by clicking 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

Newfound Pathways Celebratory Ride
Saturday, October 7th on West Shore Road
We celebrated West Shore Road repaving and re-striping.
An image of a road shoulder, showing the new cyclist markings on the road. Several people in cycling gear stand nearby.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  For SCC grant program inquires, contact Dea Brickner-Wood, Administrator,
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

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