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Land use patterns, transportation, and community networks are strongly linked, and this relationship is paramount to all local, regional and statewide planning and program decisions. Changing land use patterns also directly impact community services and facilities, such as water and sewer, police, fire and emergency services, recreation, and building inspection. As a result, SNHPC works directly with our member communities in the development of land use studies, specific area plans, build out analyses, and other local and regional land use planning initiatives. Examples of some of our past and current studies include:

Land Use Maps
Preparation of a Slope Map for the Town of New Boston’s
Steep Slope Ordinance (completed)

Build Out Analyses
Town of Weare (completed)
Town of New Boston (completed)

CTAP Build Out Analyses

CTAP Open Space Plans  

Retro-Fitting New Hampshire Neighborhoods
On May 3, 2011, The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) held a day-long workshop with Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. SNHPC partnered with New Hampshire Planners Association (NHPA); Healthy Eating, Active Living New Hampshire (HEAL NH); Manchester Health Department; Manchester Parks and Recreation Department; and Manchester Economic Development Department. This workshop was made possible through a grant from the HNHFoundation along with additional funding from the New England Alliance for Public Health Workforce Development.

Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livability, sustainability and Smart Growth. He has over 30 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating alternative transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design. As a pioneer of the walking audit, he has helped hundreds of communities across the country and internationally to take a holistic view on assessing the "walkability" of a neighborhood. Walking audits can be a powerful tool for people to discuss common issues of interest or concern related to the design, operation of streets, parks, open spaces, and to discuss security, safety, and other features of their community.

The workshop included two walking audits (morning and afternoon) in the Crystal Lake neighborhood in Manchester. The Crystal Lake area was used because the coordinating partners felt it best represented neighborhoods typically found throughout the State. Attendees included Alderman Betsi Devries; SNHPC commissioners and staff; and city staff, as well as local residents, professional planners, and public health officials from across the state. In addition, a Brown Bag Lunch presentation was offered by NHPA. As a follow up to the audits, Mr. Burden gave a presentation that evening at the Derryfield Country Club.

A full technical memorandum of the analysis and suggestions on the walking audit can be found here: Toward a More Walkable and Livable Manchester

This information was incorporated into the update of the Livable, Walkable Toolkit created by NH Celebrates Wellness in 2004. This update is funded again by the HNHFoundation and has a similar collaborative effort with the above mentioned organizations, with SNHPC being the lead organization. For more information on the Livable, Walkable Toolkit update, please contact Jack Munn at 603-669-4664.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Jack Munn 603-669-4664.

More information on Dan Burden is available on the Walkable and Livable Communities, Inc. website:


2014 New Hampshire Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit
The original Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit was created in 2004 as a resource for improving the livability and walkability of New Hampshire communities. This 2014 update includes information on Complete Streets principles and the current status of Complete Streets policies/resolutions in NH.  An underlying goal is to increase rates of physical activity throughout the state. Through a process of community engagement and assessment of the built environment, the Livable Walkable Communities (LWC) Program brings together citizens and stakeholders to develop and act on specific strategies to improve your community's  livability and walkability.  If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jack Munn at 603-669-4664.

2014 Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit

Watch the Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit Panel Program!  


Land Use Report
The Annual Land Use Report tracks all building permits and certificates of occupancy issued in the region. These permits are logged into a database maintained at the SNHPC office. The database is queried to formulate the report presenting an updated total number of dwelling units; square feet of permitted commercial, industrial and public development; and developed acres by land use. This report is typically tabulated in the spring for the preceding year.

A Handbook on Sprawl and Smart Growth Choices for Southern New Hampshire Communities
The Handbook on Sprawl and Smart Growth Choices was created in 2002 through a Target Block Grant from the NH Office of Energy and Planning. The purpose of the Handbook is to assist SNHPC and other Southern New Hampshire communities to "plan smart" by reviewing a number of Smart Growth concepts, while looking a planning regulations currently in use by a number of our communities.

Gossler Park Health Impace Assessment (HIA)
The purpose of this Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is to (1) examine the overall social and physical conditions and infrastructure of the Gossler Park Neighborhoods and the Gossler Park Elementary School and Parkside Middle School Campuses to increase opportunities for physical activity and recreation and improving public safety and (2) assist the Manchester Health Department in implementing the City's Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy.  The Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy is an action program designed to promote public health by focusing on distressed neighborhoods within the City of Manchester, NH.

A Health Impact Assessment of the Gossler Park Neighborhood - Final Report April 2016

Manchester Second Street Corridor Project Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
SNHPC conducted a Health Impact Assessment in 2013 on the access management and zoning strategies developed for the Second Street Corridor Project.  A Health Impact Assessment helps to analyze how the proposed policies and strategies for the Second Street corridor will affect issues such as housing, employment, transportation, access to public and retail services, social cohesion, and education and how those impacts affect health outcomes and health inequities.

Second Street Corridor Health Impact Assessment Final Report  
Second Street Corridor Health Impact Assessment Appendices Part 1  
Second Street Corridor Health Impact Assessment Appendices Part 2   


Wind/Solar Renewable Energy Community Survey - Summary Report  
This is the first Wind/Solar Renewable Energy Community Survey conducted by the SNHPC.  It has been prepared under a Pilot Study of the HUD Sustainability Planning Grant awarded to the regional planning commissions in NH.  The purpose of the survey is to obtain information about how each municipality regulates and permits various types of wind and solar renewable energy systems within their communities and provides an opportunity to compare practices between communities within the region.