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Regional Planning Commission Wants YOU To Shape The Future

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission wants to hear what improvements you want to see in your area.

New Hampshire’s regional planning commissions are hard at work to learn just what citizens want to see in their state’s future.

The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) is joining the eight other commissions across the state to guide future changes through their Granite State Future project. Each region will update their respective regional plans based on the needs of each region, but all RPCs are coordinating their efforts to save money and share information.

“We want to make sure that when each town is making their decisions, they are doing so based on the best information we can provide them,” said project manager Jeff Belanger.

New Hampshirites can simply visit the website and share their ideas of how to improve the quality of life in their area. The commission is focusing on the following topics: regional housing needs assessment, fair housing and equity assessment, transportation, water infrastructure (utility and public service), economic development, climate change impacts assessments (natural hazards), energy efficiency and green building

Belanger said that they have already gotten tons of feedback both online and from entries he has received from visiting events throughout the region. All of the collected ideas will be posted and searchable on Granite State Future.

“The foundation of this plan is what people want in their communities,” said Belanger. “We want all views represented.”

New Hampshire’s Regional Planning Commissions are advisory bodies voluntarily formed by their member communities. The NRPC covers Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Lyndeborough, Mason, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Wilton.

NRPC senior regional planner Jen Czysz said this coordinated effort between the regions is a first time effort to effectively address regional plans simultaneously across the state. The data they gather will benefit all regions and strengthen the role of a regional plan as a resource for each town as they work on their master plans, zoning mapping and transportation planning.

In order to accomplish this, the nine regions joined together to apply for a grant, rather than compete with one another. They received a $3.37 million HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant this year to enact their plans.

Czysz said that regional plans in the state haven’t been updated consistently and are often not as comprehensive as they should be. This year’s group effort to work together will allow them to work simultaneously to make sure they are done right.

NRPC plans to have their regional plan finished before the grant ends in Jan. 2015. The next step in this long-term process is to assemble the information on Granite State Future  and begin hosting public workshops around the topics addressed. The NRPC will host an open house at their office in Merrimack later this month to kickstart this process.

Want to get involved? Visit their website for more ways to be a part of the process. Granite State Future will also host an online public forum-like tool for those looking give further feedback on their region’s future.

Further information can be found in the Granite State Future Frequently Asked Questions.

Carolyn Therrien November 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thank you Ken Eyring for staying on top of this unconstitutional agenda. With the reelection of President Obama, you can expect more push on his "White House Rural Council" and more executive orders implementing Agenda 21. For more information and actions to take go to http://americanpolicy.org/agenda21/
Stella Tremblay November 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
In reply to Mr. Keith F. Thompson who stated "others will make the decisions for you". That is absolutely correct. The Non Government Organizations use the "Delphi" Method, which allows everyone's input...to give the IMPRESSION and ILLUSION that they will be considered. The outcome has been planned from the beginning. All those who object or ask too many common sense questions are ignored or pressured into submission. A great advocate is Rosa Koire a commercial forensic real estate appraiser who has written "Behind the Green Mask" available at amazon or at your local library. Rosa is a DEMOCRAT! Wake up and see how the hand that is feeding you is reaching to strangle...
Kathy Peterson November 14, 2012 at 05:19 PM
UN’s Agenda 21 program's in city’s membership in ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. 4 NH towns pay in! Agenda 21 seeks government to stop your freedom to own a car, live in rural area, eliminate your property rights. Agenda 21 must be stopped- inform locals to end membership in ICLEI & repeal Agenda 21 sustainable development laws. Agenda 21 hides behind environmentalism & sustainability. It wins unwitting supporters of a U.N.-globalist land & power grab ends private property rights. Agenda 21 is the plan to control all resources, human and natural.” Officials note controls are by a self-appointed oligarchy. Do mass foreclosures with displaced millions, factor into this plan? Note that The Bankers' Manifesto of 1892, http://www.heyokamagazine.com/heyoka_magazine.27.bankersmanifesto.htm revealed to Congress "When, through the process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and easily governed through the influence of the strong arm of government applied to a central power of imperial wealth under control of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with leaders. check Internet Agenda 21 future map "U.N. Wildlands Project" http://www.channelingreality.com/images/wildlands_map_full.jpg, Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Resolution Blasting Agenda 21 http://thenewamerican.com/tech-mainmenu-30/environment/11224-tennessee-lawmakers-pass-resolution-blasting-un-agenda-21 (communities dumping Agenda 21 ~ E.A.N.
ObserverNH November 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
To answer a question about where this money goes, it seems to go to favored 'green' companies to build things we don't need or want. That's how the greenies line their own pockets with your federal tax dollars.. a waste and a racket too! (Then you'll get an invite to their grand openings, like LaBelle Winery, built by Fulcrum Associates)
Peter Walker November 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
This program is being strongly rejected by a growing number of communities and states all over the nation and for good reason. It means a loss of local sovereignty, top down government control and ultimately a loss of individual freedoms and property rights. Non-elected commissions with increasing powers are a bad idea. Tell your friends and neighbors to oppose this! -Peter Walker

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