LOCAL AND REGIONAL MASTER PLANS
Typically, every five years the SNHPC prepares and updates a comprehensive plan for the region. Additionally, the SNHPC regularly works with member communities in developing and updating local master plans.
Local Master Plans
It is the duty of every Planning Board, as established by RSA 673:1, to prepare and amend a master plan to guide the growth and development of the municipality. The master plan acts as a guide for the future. It identifies the most appropriate future development of the community and aids the Planning Board in designing ordinances that achieve the Master Plan’s vision and result in smart growth, sound planning and wise resource protection.
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission provides support and assistance to communities within the region in developing and updating their master plans.
Recently adopted Master Plans include:
Auburn Master Plan
Chester Master Plan
Deerfield Master Plan
Derry Master Plan
New Boston Master Plan
Raymond Master Plan
Weare Master Plan
Auburn Master Plan Energy Chapter
Bedford Energy Report
Candia Master Plan Energy Chapter
Chester Master Plan Energy Chapter
Deerfield Master Plan Energy Chapter
Goffstown Master Plan Energy Chapter
Hooksett Master Plan Energy Chapter
New Boston Master Plan Energy Chapter
Weare Energy Report
Becoming Age Friendly Communities
Regional Comprehensive Plan
Moving Southern New Hampshire Forward: 2015-2035
Updated Regional Comprehensive Plan adopted by the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission on December 16, 2014
Final 2010 Regional Comprehensive Plan (whole document)
Chapter 1 - Vision and Goals
Chapter 2 - Existing Land Use
Chapter 3 - Housing
Chapter 4 - Economic Development
Chapter 5 - Energy
Chapter 6 - Agriculture
Chapter 7 - Natural Resources
Chapter 8 - Natural Hazards
Chapter 9 - Historic Resources
Chapter 10 - Open Space and Recreation
Chapter 11 - Public Facilities
Chapter 12 - Public Utilities and Communication
Chapter 13 - Transportation
Chapter 14 - Future Land Use
2010 Regional Comprehensive Plan Agendas and Minutes
The 2006 Regional Comprehensive Plan
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Introduction to Chapter 7
Chapter 8 through Chapter 14
Preparing a Master Plan for your Community
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC), under the direction of an oversight committee of state, regional and town planners, has produced this useful new tool. Preparing a Master Plan for Your Community is intended to be used by volunteers, community officials, and professional planners alike, as it provides helpful information, offers instructions, and condenses the master planning process into easy-to-follow steps and procedures. Preparing a Master Plan for Your Community is an interactive CD-ROM, accompanied by a supporting handbook, to assist New Hampshire communities with their planning efforts.
Please contact SNHPC to request a copy of the CD-ROM for your community.