Land use patterns, transportation, and community networks are strongly linked, and this relationship is paramount to all local, regional and statewide planning and program decisions. Changing land use patterns also directly impact community services and facilities, such as water and sewer, police, fire and emergency services, recreation, and building inspection. As a result, SNHPC works directly with our member communities in the development of land use studies, specific area plans, build out analyses, and other local and regional land use planning initiatives. Examples of some of our past and current studies include:
Land Use Maps
Retro-Fitting New Hampshire Neighborhoods
Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livability, sustainability and Smart Growth. He has over 30 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating alternative transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design. As a pioneer of the walking audit, he has helped hundreds of communities across the country and internationally to take a holistic view on assessing the "walkability" of a neighborhood. Walking audits can be a powerful tool for people to discuss common issues of interest or concern related to the design, operation of streets, parks, open spaces, and to discuss security, safety, and other features of their community.
The workshop included two walking audits (morning and afternoon) in the Crystal Lake neighborhood in Manchester. The Crystal Lake area was used because the coordinating partners felt it best represented neighborhoods typically found throughout the State. Attendees included Alderman Betsi Devries; SNHPC commissioners and staff; and city staff, as well as local residents, professional planners, and public health officials from across the state. In addition, a Brown Bag Lunch presentation was offered by NHPA. As a follow up to the audits, Mr. Burden gave a presentation that evening at the Derryfield Country Club.
A full technical memorandum of the analysis and suggestions on the walking audit can be found here: Toward a More Walkable and Livable Manchester
This information will be incorporated into the update of the Livable, Walkable Toolkit created by NH Celebrates Wellness in 2004. This update is funded again by the HNHFoundation and has a similar collaborative effort with the above mentioned organizations, with SNHPC being the lead organization. For more information on the Livable, Walkable Toolkit update, please contact Jack Munn at 603-669-4664.
If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Jack Munn email or 603-669-4664.
More information on Dan Burden is available on the Walkable and Livable Communities, Inc. website: http://walkable.org.
2012 New Hampshire Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit
The original Livable Walkable Communities Toolkit was created in 2004 as a resource for improving the livability and walkability of New Hampshire communities. An underlying goal is to increase rates of physical activity throughout the state. Through a process of community engagement and assessment of the built environment, the Livable Walkable Communities (LWC) Program brings together citizens and stakeholders to develop and act on specific strategies to improve the livability and walkability of New Hampshire's communities.
The updated toolkit identifies the key principles and recommendations for planners and municipalities, as well as coalitions and individuals. With this update the Livable Walkable Communities Advisory Coalition hopes the benefits of livable, walkable communities will be a priority for all new Hampshire Communities. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jack Munn at 603-669-4664.
Land Use Report
A Handbook on Sprawl and Smart Growth Choices for Southern New Hampshire Communities
Manchester Second Street Corridor Access and Mixed Use Overlay Zoning
Public Outreach Meeting on April 30, 2014
SNHPC has completed all the public outreach and public workshops for the Second Street Corridor Project and therefore nolonger will maintain the Second Street Webpage. Please refer to this site for futher information about ths project. Thank You.
Manchester Second Street Corridor Project Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
Wind/Solar Renewable Energy Community Survey - Summary Report