What Tools Would Help Your Community Develop Renewable Energy?
Municipalities look to renewable energy to reduce costs, improve reliability, and meet environmental goals. However, it’s challenging to determine which renewable energy to select. The Nashua Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the Local Energy Solutions Work Group is developing a “Renewable Energy Tool Belt” to help communities compare potential renewable energy systems for their municipal facilities and schools.
This survey is designed to identify the challenges municipalities and schools face when implementing renewable energy and the resources that might help them to overcome these barriers. Your input will help us to design the Renewable Energy Tool Belt and create a valuable resource for communities across NH.
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO TAKE THE SURVEY https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/toolbelt
The survey is easy and should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete. Multiple representatives from the same community can take the survey, so feel free to share it with anyone else you think might have insights to share. You do not need to have completed a renewable energy project in your municipality to take the survey.
People who may be interested in completing the survey include local energy committee members, facilities committee members, conservation commission members, budget committee members, facilities managers, town administrators, finance administrators, planning staff, and engaged residents and business leaders.
The survey closes on October 28, so don’t wait—take it today! For more information about the project, please contact Jill Longval, jillL@nashuarpc.org.
The New Law on Accessory Dwelling Units
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 Municipal Law Lecture Series
Please refer to the flyer below (click to enlarge) for a description of 2016 Municipal Law Lecture Series. To make it easier to sign up please use the following link the online workshop registration page: NHMA Municipal Law Lecture Registration
Allenstown Residents! Participate in the planning process for the future of the downtown area!
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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.