LOCAL PLANNING ASSISTANCE
While development often has widespread, regional impacts, most land use decisions are made at the local level. SNHPC recognizes and supports this long-standing tradition and offers many services that support local planning officials. These services range from offering training workshops for Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment members to preparing manuals and handbooks intended to better equip local planning officials.
When a community has a development project with regional impacts, SNHPC works with the community, as well as the surrounding communities, to address concerns and help formulate a solution that will benefit the region as a whole.
SNHPC is also available to assist with zoning, tax, and base-map updates, offer project specific technical assistance and provide information on various State and Federal programs of benefit to municipalities.
This year SNHPC is pleased to announce two new programs designed to help Planning Boards address many of the daily regulatory and non-regulatory functions that they are responsible for. These two new programs are the Circuit Rider Planning and the Planning Board Assistance (PBA) Programs.Circuit Rider Planning Program
Under this program, a SNHPC professional planner is assigned to work at least one day per week at the Town offices to provide the following planning support:
SNHPC also offers municipalities the option of participating in the Commission’s new Planning Board Assistance (PBA) Program. The intent of the PBA program is to provide member municipalities with customized Planning Board support services, generally not available through Commission membership. Under the PBA program, the Planning Commission would assign a staff planner as the municipality’s key contact planner. The appointment of a dedicated key planning contact is intended to generate continuity and familiarity with the municipality and its key issues over time. This program provides similar services as the Circuit Rider Program, but on a reduced scale, which is tailored to the individual community’s needs.