Land Use Boards

How to Get Young People to Join a Board or Committee

There are a lot of reasons why young people don’t join town boards or committees or run for local office. Young people are often raising children and/or working full-time, and board and committee meetings typically take place either in the evening (which is not family-friendly) or during the workday. As a result, it isn’t uncommon that a town’s leadership are primarily retired empty nesters. Representation is important, so I, a bona fide young person, joined my town’s planning board as an alternate member back in April 2019.

RECYCLING 101: Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling in New Hampshire Virtual Workshop

RECYCLING 101:  Municipal Solid Waste & Recycling in New Hampshire

What is the current state of municipal recycling and solid waste management in New Hampshire? 

What does the future hold for municipal budgets with respect to recycling and solid waste? 

Is recycling still worthwhile for New Hampshire municipalities?        

The Workings of a Planning Board

This webinar is geared for new planning board members and alternates, as well as seasoned veterans who want a refresher course on planning board basics.

2020 Land Use Law Conference

Full day virtual conference for municipal land use officials including members of planning and zoning boards, planners, land use administrators, select boards, town and city councilors, building inspectors, code enforcement officers and public works personnel. Presentations will focus on the legal authority and procedures these land use boards must understand with content structured to be beneficial to both novice and experienced municipal officials.

Current Use Refresher Course for Municipal Officials

New Hampshire’s current use law (RSA 79-a) was enacted in 1973 as a property tax strategy designed to help landowners keep their open land undeveloped.  Instead of being taxed at its highest potential use, land is assessed at its present use.  This refresher course will cover the role municipal officials play in the administration of the State’s current use program.

2020 Academy of Good Governance - How to Run an Effective Meeting (and Comply with the Right-to-Know Law)

Class 6 - How to Run an Effective Meeting

NHMA's Legal Counsel, Stephen Buckley and William Phillips, Staff Attorney and Director of Policy Services for the New Hampshire School Boards Association lead a discussion on how to run an effective meeting that complies with the Right-to-Know Law.  

A Guide to Effective Code Enforcement Virtual Workshop

Building inspectors, code enforcement officers, fire chiefs, health inspectors, and various other municipal officials are responsible for the enforcement of a variety of codes, regulations, and ordinances related to the use of land. These include both local regulations, such as zoning ordinances, site plan and subdivision regulations, health regulations, and the conditions of approval that accompany many land use board approvals, as well as state law, such as the State Building and Fire Code and statutes governing junkyards.

2020 Hard Road to Travel Virtual Workshop

 How Does the Select Board grant permission for use and repair of a Class VI Road?

What can we do about Postal Service Vehicles causing ruts in road shoulders?

What are the rules governing CDL licensing for municipal employees?

2019 Land Use Law Conference

 2019 Land Use Law Conference

9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday, October 5, 2019

Holiday Inn, 172 North Main St., Concord

Full-day event with multiple sessions on land use-related topics.  Held in collaboration with the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives (NHOSI) each fall.

Attaching "Conditions" to Approvals in Land Use Boards

The Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment are the most common land use boards in New Hampshire, and each has been assigned a set of legal responsibilities and the authority to adjudicate the rights and liabilities of property owners with respect to these legal matters. The boards do not go out to the community to develop their own cases; landowners come to the boards seeking relief in accordance with the requirements of the local Zoning Ordinance.