Planning Guidance for Communities

NCC Guidance on Developments of Regional Impact

Regional Planning Commissions in New Hampshire

NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions
Central NH Regional Planning Commission
Lakes Region Planning Commission
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
North Country Council, Inc.
Rockingham Planning Commission
Southern NH Planning Commission
Southwest Region Planning Commission
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission 

Planning Organizations  & Resources

New Hampshire

Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association (NNECAPA)
NNECAPA Photo Library
NNECAPA Smart Growth Toolkit
NH Office of Energy and Planning (NH OEP) 
NH OEP Resource Library
NH OEP Planning Programs
NH Smart Growth
New Hampshire Planners Association


American Planning Association
National Association of Regional Councils
National Association of Development Organizations

Community Development

New Hampshire

North Country Health Consortium
Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships
AHEAD – Affordable Housing, Education and Development
New Hampshire Housing
Downtown Resource Center at CDFA


National Main Street Program

Economic Development Organizations & Resource

New Hampshire

Coos Economic Development Council
Grafton County Economic Development Council
Mount Washington Valley Economic Council
North Country Economy
NH Department of Resource and Economic Development
NH Labor Market Information Bureau
Northern Community Investment Corp.
Women’s Entrepreneurial Network
Business Enterprise Development Corporation
NH Chambers of Commerce
Tri- County Community Action Program
NH Small Business Development Center
Workforce Opportunity Council
NH FirstJob
Harvard Institute for Regional Competitiveness
New Hampshire Grand
New Hampshire Business Finance Authority


State of New Hampshire Broadband Report
US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System
Sirolli Institute

Energy Planning Programs & Resources

New Hampshire

NH Office of Energy and Planning – Energy Programs
NH Office of Energy and Planning – Energy Program Resource Library
Granite State Clean Cities Coalition


Carbon Coalition
Energy Star Program
U. S. Department of Energy

Funding Sources

New Hamsphire

NH Community Development Finance Authority
NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program
Micro-Credit NH
NHDOT Safe Routes to School


Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
Grants through the Federal Government


New Hampshire

GRANIT Data Mapper
Wildlife Action Plan Habitat Maps


NRCS Soils Maps
USGS Maps, Products and Publications
FEMA National Flood Insurance Maps

Natural & Cultural Resource Organizations & Resources

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
NH Division of Forests and Lands
NH Fish and Game Department 
Connecticut River Joint Commissions
NH Association of Conservation Commissions
NH Association of Conservation Districts
Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust
NH Bureau of Emergency Management
NH Preservation Alliance
NH Natural Heritage Bureau
Rare Species List by Plant Habitat Types
NH Lakes Assocations
North Country R C & D Area Council
NH Division of Historical Resources – Tools for Preserving Barns & Farms
Appalachian Mountain Club
Taking Action for Wildlife
Northern Forest Center
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hamspshire


Land Trust Alliance
Trust for Public Land
American Ground Water Trust
Conservation Law Foundation
US Environmental Protection Agency
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Center for Watershed Protection
Prince George’s County, MD – Low-Impact Design Strategies, An Integrated Design Approach
Village Earth (consortium of sustainable village-based development)
Seventh American Forest Congress(Forest Indicator Toolkit)
National Association of State Foresters
University of Idaho Forest Products
North American Association of Environmental Education
Connecticut River Watershed Council
Institute for Conservation Leadership
EPA Voluntary Partnership Programs
Northern Forest Alliance
International Stormwater Best Management Practices(a database of resources)
Citizen’s Guide to Source Water Protection (PDF)

Statistics and Informational Resources

New Hamsphire

State of NH Revised Statutes On Line
NH Department of Revenue Administration Property Tax Data


National Charrette Institute
Economic Policy Institute
Census Bureau Economic Programs
US Census American Fact Finder
National Wildfire Statistics
USGS Maps, Products and Publications


NHDOT Links:
NH Department of Transportation
NHDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Information Center
NHDOT Rail & Transit
Doing businesses with NHDOT (for municipalities)
Project Information Center
NH DOT Traffic Volume Reports (by town)

NHDOT Plans & Reports:
NH Ten Year Plan – The current plan is 2017-2026. The 2019-2028 Plan is currently a draft – the final plan will be adopted into law June 2018.
NHDOT STIP – The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is the four-year state project listing for federally-funded projects.
NH Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (2000)
NH State Rail Plan (2012)
NH State Trails Plan (2005, NHDOT & NHDRED)
NHDOT Pavement Resurfacing Strategy
NHDOT Statewide Freight Plan – the state’s first ever Freight Plan is currently in development, to be completed fall 2018.

Project Viewer – Interactive map showing highway, bridge, and transit projects in planning, design, and construction.
Pavement Program Viewer – Interactive map showing the proposed paving schedule for the next three years. Note: routine paving projects do not appear on Project Viewer.
Bridge Condition Viewer
Highway Tiers – one way NHDOT categorizes highways, following this strategy.
NH Railroads Map
NH Airport Directory
NH Park & Ride Lots
NH SADES Stream Crossings Viewer 
– Interactive map showing Geomorphic and Wildlife Passage Scores for some culverts on public roads in New Hampshire.

NCC Maps:
Traffic Volume – Tier I & II – Annual Average Daily Traffic on Tier I& II Highways in NCC region (Jan. 2017)
Traffic Volume – Tier III – Annual Average Daily Traffic on Tier III Highways in NCC region (Jan. 2017)
NCC Bus Routes & Stops (March 2018)
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (January 2018)

Regional Transit Links:
Grafton-Coos Transportation Services Directory
Carroll County Transportation Services Directory
Grafton-Coos Regional Coordinating Council
Carroll County Regional Coordination Council

Federal Highway Administration
Federal Railroad Administration

Federal Transit Administration

 Other Resources

NH Division of Travel and Tourism
State of New Hampshire
National Flood Insurance Program
Neshobe Farm Planned Community Development
NHPR Town Meeting News
White Mountains Community College