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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.

Et Reed November 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Unrequested,uneeded, federally sponsored, plan to take away states rights and conform to left wing Washington desires of creating centers of easily controlled centers of population. Tell me how urban areas are more "sustainable" ! Obama wants those fleeing dysfunctional urban areas to the suburbs financially responsible for the unproductive citizens "abandoned" in the ghettos. After all, it would only be "fair" and that is what makes it "sustainable", taking from those that have and supporting those that don't. It is those pesky people that live in rural and suburban areas that must be controlled by the central government and their unelected bureaucratic lackeys.
ObserverNH November 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
That is happening all over the country. This is a blatant attempt to impose some sort of agenda on the people without their knowledge or approval. http://ppjg.me/2012/11/11/what-mtc-and-abag-really-think-of-you/
Martha Spalding November 11, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Their ideas have failed everywhere, including in American cities. So now, they are going to rob the suburbs to pay for the cities as revenge to those who embrace local self-government. They are covetous sociopaths who will stop at nothing. They covet the forest, the wild areas and the water. They resent your love of liberty and will seek to rob you of that as well. Tocqueville said if America's spirit of free self-government were ever to be killed off, massive cities desperate for a centralized welfare state would strike the deadly blow. They intend for that to happen.
Carla Mora November 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
This program takes all decision making out the hands of locals and puts it into the hands of federal government. I am very suspicious of a program that seems to make plans, collectively, across the state. Who asked for this? Each community should have input into what each community needs. This program is supposedly for green initiatives. It seems like someone came up with a plan for that and it will be forcefully implemented or done in such a way that people, if not aware and involved, have no say in. I urge all who read this to do some research and get involved. Private property and liberty is at stake. -Carla Mora, Plaistow
Mimi Steel November 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
This process is DECEITFUL and MANIPULATIVE. It is called the Delphi Technique. These types of visioning sessions to get "public input" are a farce. Say they want to hear from you but they severely limit the choices that you are allowed to pick from. There is never an option for "none of the above" or something different from what they present to you. They discourage/marginalize any opposition. They do not answer questions. They tell you to write your questions down and they will be answered later. They do not answer. That is just a way to shut you up. How do I know all this? I have experienced it in California. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9FphF5sJwQ
ObserverNH November 11, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Yes Mimi is correct. The PR firms train 'faciliators' who are present at these input meetings, and the few people that hear about them who show up are in the minority and are led to the 'proper' decisions. The American people are so sick and tired of this stuff, they are awake and will not be duped. As I said, if it comes from the people why do the RPCs need facilitators from PR firms who guaranteed results will swing 'their' way???
ObserverNH November 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
"Planned Future" = can you say George Orwell's nightmare? Which means planned economy, planned jobs, planned living space, planned travel, planned work, planned society, for all of you!
Carla November 11, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Why would we hand over local decisions to our DC Overlords? This smacks of a federal takeover of issues better solved on the state and local level. I, for one, prefer plans made by me and my neighbors, my community, rather than far-off faceless bureaucrats.
Hal Shurtleff November 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfUIWMQ92RU Here is a link to a short video on the subject of Agenda 21. This will help folks to understand the reason for the existence of Granite State Future and Plan NH. The idea that folks shape their own future is nonsense. Plan NH holds these "charettes" that use to be called visionary sessions. It gives the illusion that local folks have some say. The only local folks that have any say are those pushing this agenda and those making money from the projects. If you want to see why is making money from the projects, see the private companies that are sponsors of Plan NH.
Hal Shurtleff November 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I have conducted numerous presentation exposing Agenda 21 around the region and would be more than happy to do so in Milford. If interested. please contact me (857) 498-1309 shurtleffhal@aol.com
Hal Shurtleff November 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Keith: The people of New Hampshire owe The John Birch Society and other freedom groups a thanks for exposing this fraud. The John Birch Society is in favor of local control. What have you got that Mr. Thompson? Communities being hi-jacked by extreme groups? Yes, Mr. Thompson, I agree. If the people of the towns and cities of NH don't speak up, they will be run by extreme groups like ICLEI. Already four towns in New Hampshire have joined this foreign entity.
Hal Shurtleff November 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
http://www.scribd.com/doc/106642535/New-Hampshire-Sustainable-Communities-Initiative Here is a link to the 27 page document.
Phil and Chris Wittmann November 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM
New Hampshire Futures is nothing more than another federal grab designed to take away our rights, freedoms, and eventually liberty. It starts with a federal government takeover which then puts us in line with the UN Agenda 21. We don't need it and we certainly don't want it. We encourage our fellow citizens to attend ANY town meetings pertaining to sustainable developement but expect to be "delphied." DO NOT let them intimidate you. Sustainable housing and workforce housing would be designed to look like East Berlin during the cold war. These people think social justice is stealing from one group of people and giving to another, sponsored with YOUR tax dollars. Live Free or Die Phil and Chris
Peter T. Hansen November 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Your private property and current property rights are very much at risk with these non elected commissions intruding on your individual rights.Do not think that this is some conspiracy theory gone amuck. If a person in the western region of the US can (and was) be arrested for collecting rain water from his roof downspouts then the conspiracy has suddenly become reality.
Leah November 12, 2012 at 03:31 AM
3.37 million taken from the citizens of this country to funnel through some Kafka-like committees that aim to restrict the property rights of those same citizens. That's in NH alone. How much of our money that could have gone to good causes has been wasted on this sort of government gone wild?
Hannahs Dad November 12, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Follow the MONEY! Where is it coming from? Who is it going to? Making rules for us to live by, taking our rights to our water,land and housing, I DON'T THINK SO! These groups must be monitored and sent packing!
Silencedogood November 12, 2012 at 10:26 AM
"Behind the Green Mask" is an excellent book describing this "rail roading" process used to seize control of private property and to force citizens, or perhaps subjects is a better description, off their land.
ObserverNH November 12, 2012 at 01:41 PM
It's a sad day for America when people accuse ordinary homeowners, who are merely trying to keep control of their surroundings, as being 'extremist' groups, while the real extremists are the ones like ICLEI and the American Planning Association who are trying to commandeer all resources in the states.
Andrew Bridge November 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
We as a nation borrow or print 43 cents for every dollar we spend. We have a national debt of $16.2 trillion. In August 2011 we increased the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion. I now read that we will have blown through all that money by the end of this year and Washington wants to raise it another $2.4 trillion. We are broke! So when I read that the Regional Planning Commissions in NH got a $3.7 million grant I have to shake my head. Folks, we simply don’t have the money! We need to prioritize our spending. Let’s start by doing away with the Regional Planning Commissions so there will be money left over for our most needy citizens.
Mimi Steel November 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
One of the major problems is that people see grant money as "free" money. They don't realize that the money comes from ultimately from taxes. It's time to stop accepting money from the Federal government. Too many strings attached.
Mimi Steel November 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
If you want to read a really good book that is dedicated to a discussion about the Delphi Technique. The book is called "How to Counter Group Manipulation Tactics" by BK Eakman ( http://www.amazon.com/Counter-Group-Manipulation-Tactics-Consensus-Building/dp/145051913X/ ). You can see how it has played out in San Francisco Bay Area http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9FphF5sJwQ
Hal Shurtleff November 12, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Page 15 of the New Hampshire Sustainable Communities Initiative Paragraph 2: Strategy to Address Barriers and Incorporate Existing Plans: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers-Anticipated barriers include NH's strong tradition of individual property rights..."
Ken Eyring November 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Good point Hal! In that same section, it goes on to say the "Policy Committee (whose members include decision-makers from the DOT, DES, OEP, etc.) will work together to identify potential statewide strategies for reducing and/or eliminating the barriers. These strategies will then also be incorporated into the final Statewide Sustainable Development Policy Framework." Summary: our property rights are a barrier to implementation, and the NH DES, DOT and OEP will work to reduce or eliminate that barrier." It can't get more clear or blatant than that.
Martha Spalding November 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
The philosophy of the Regional Planners is contrary to John Locke's theory of rights which influenced our Founding Fathers when they wrote the US Constitution. Locke believed that property precedes government. The government therefore cannot dispose citizens of their property arbitrarily. Yet this is what the Regional Planners intend. They are after your property rights, your private wells, the forests, the wilderness, the water. Democracy is an impediment to them. It's too messy dealing with the unwashed masses, so they seek to circumvent our tradition governmental processes throught top-down schemes. The Sustainable Communities Initiative is backed by collectivists who have an authoritarian, top-down view of society which is completely contrary to traditional America and the Live Free or Die State of NH. If we follow the Regional Planners, the individual person will be subsumed into the concept of the "general will" which they will interpret to suit their own selfish interests.... Under their system, the political elites, the crony investors and crony well-connected big business interests will crowd out true free enterprise. Your tax dollars will pay for crony well-connected big business interests. There is no fair play. The deck is stacked against the little guy and small businesses. These big shots will interpret the "general will" to suit their own selfish interests. Their schemes have failed in the cities so they are knocking on the door of suburbia and you will pay.
Martha Spalding November 13, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Alexis de Tocqueville (who knew nothing about Regional Planners or Sustainable Communities Initiative or Regional Equity Teams) warned America that if its spirit of free self-government were ever to be killed off, massive cities desperate for a centralized welfare state would strike the final blow. The ethic of individual free enterprise is key to our civil society where everyone regardless of ethnicity, religion or social status has the same rights to pursue self-improvement. This message is suppressed by the schemes of the Regional top-down planners. Locke and our Founding Fathers believed that property precedes government. Therefore, government cannot deprive citizens of their property arbitrarily. The Sustainable Communities Initiative crowd is after your property rights, your private wells, and public areas (they call collective or common). Democracy is an impediment to them. If they convince enough elected representatives in Towns and Cities to surrender sovereignty, they will call the shots instead of our elected representatives. The individual person will be subsumed under the concept of the "general will". The cities they planned have failed due to their insidious schemes, so they focus on suburbs. The ultimate goals of the Regional Planners/Sustainable Communities Initiative are the deprivation of your liberty and destruction of self-government so that you will be silenced while the already wealthy and well-connected get richer picking your pocket.
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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