NH-MS4 Municipalities Blog
This NH Stormwater Regional Coalitions Blog, NH-MS4, is for the New Hampshire Seacoast Stormwater Coalition and the Nashua/Manchester Regional Stormwater Coalition communities, and it is hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Watershed Assistance Section. Please visit this site for meeting information, resources and updates related to New Hampshire MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer, Systems) municipalities.
Warner River Nomination: July 11th Public Hearing Summary
After over a year and a half of monthly meetings, an extensive public outreach campaign and the submission of a nomination document to NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES), a formal public hearing was held by NH DES in Warner on Tuesday, July 11th.
The project is an effort to nominate the Warner River which runs through Bradford, Warner, Sutton, Webster, and Hopkinton, to the NH DES River’s Management Protection Program (RMPP). Upon designation of the Warner River, the program would allow for the creation of a Local River Management Advisory Committee (LAC) which would be able to comment on development proposals within a quarter mile of banks of the river. This program was established in 1988 to provide greater local controls of valuable river resources. To read the full summary, click here.
Commuter Challenge Results
Together we logged 62 trips and 715 miles by walking, biking, and telecommuting! Thank you to all who participated and stopped by our Commuter Pit-Stop and Commuter Breakfast events!
Zoning Practice, November 2015
American Planning Association
Issue Number 11, Practice Tiny Houses
Below is NHMA’s four page handout The New Law on Accessory Dwelling Units (click to view). This handout is meant to provide a basic Do’s and Don’ts for the new Accessory Dwelling Unit statue. The last page contains proposed language for a simple zoning amendment that would allow an ADU by right under a local zoning ordinance.
2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems
You may be aware New Hampshire, including the Central NH Region with Merrimack and Hillsborough County communities, is experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. Many communities are beginning to enact water-saving measures in an attempt to retain our precious groundwater which is not being replenished quickly enough. Dry and drought conditions are forecasted to continue for an indeterminate time. The NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has issued the 2016 Drought Guidance for Municipalities and Public Water Systems to bring further attention to this problem and offers solutions to ease the strain on our water supplies. Help do your part by conserving water around your home and encouraging your community to take action. Click to view the current status of drought conditions in New Hampshire by the US Drought Monitor and view US Drought Portal’s outlooks and forecasts for New Hampshire and beyond. For more information on how you can assist, visit the NHDES Drought Management Program website.
CNHRPC Member Communities
Click on the towns below to access that towns official web site.