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Part of A Granite State Future Project

A Brief Overview

 Be Inspired

The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission was originally formed as an economic development organization in 1963. In 1969, the NH state legislature gave authority to municipalities to create regional planning commissions.These commissions  provide opportunities for coordination among municipalities to seek direct input from citizens toward creating advisory regional plans.

The Commission has been creating regional plans in some form for many years. The last regional plan that the Commission completed was in 2005. This plan provided large amounts of data and resources that can be useful for communities to  reference. While the regional planning commissions are charged with creating and updating the regional plan, in the recent past there has been no funding, other than through municipal dues, to prepare these plans resulting in  limited public input.

In 2011, the nine Regional Planning Commissions in New Hampshire were successful in jointly applying for the newly created Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. The Nashua Regional Planning Commission is the lead on this project which is called A Granite State Future. This funding along with many other partnering sources is enabling the regional planning commissions to gather meaningful public input for the first time in many years. 

A regional plan may help towns and cities plan for future public infrastructure investments through an open and transparent process, to support locally identified assets and needs, and ensure that local land use decisions remain local. It can also help municipal leaders within the region to identify regional values and visions for the future.

What will result from all this effort?

A common understanding of what is important and valued within the region.

A strategy outlining projects that, when implemented, will create successful and vibrant communities.

Efficient use of limited resources through targeted investment in assets and infrastructure that are important to the people within the region.

Understanding of the capacities and assets of the region's resources including:

  • Housing
  • Economic Opportunities
  • Transportation 
  • Energy 
  • Natural Resources
  • Telecommunications 
  •  Water and Sewer Infrastructure 


Benefits this project has brought to our region:

Preferred Sustainability Status

If your community is applying for funds through HUD, DOT or EPA and your project is consistent with regional goals, you could be eligible for additional points on applications submitted for funding from these sources. Contacts in New Hampshire who have been authorized by HUD to provide additional points on various applications are:

City of Claremont, NH
14 North Street
Claremont, NH 03743-0468
Point of contact: Nancy Merrill
Phone: 603-542-7008

Detailed map of community coverage
FY10 Challenge Grantee

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
10 Water Street
Lebanon, NH 03766-1644
Point of contact: Nate Miller
Phone: 603-448-1680

Detailed map of community coverage
FY10 Challenge Grantee

Nashua Regional Planning Commission
9 Executive Park Drive, Suite 201
Merrimack, NH 03054-4045
Point of contact: Kerrie Diers
Phone: 603-424-2240

FY11 Regional Grantee

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
32 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110-6000
Point of contact: Benjamin Frost
Phone: 603-472-8623

FY11 Challenge Grantee